Corn growers in Minnesota intend to plant an estimated 8.7 million acres for all purposes, up 7 percent from 2011, according to the Minnesota Field office of USDA-NASS.
If realized, corn acreage would be the largest planted area on record, breaking the previous record of 8.4 million acres planted in 2007.
Soybean growers intend to plant an estimated 6.9 million acres, down 3 percent from 2011.
Spring wheat planting intentions are estimated at 1.40 million acres, down 10 percent from last year.
Oat planting intentions, at 200,000 acres, are up 11 percent from 2011 planted acres.
Barley planting intentions, at 110,000 acres, are up 57 percent, from 70,000 in 2011.
Sugarbeet planting intentions are up 1,000 acres from 479,000 to 480,000.
All sunflower planting intentions, of 48,000 acres, are up 20 percent from 2011.
Oil sunflower planting intentions, of 30,000 acres, are up 7 percent from 2011.
Non soil sunflower planting intentions, of 18,000 acres, are up 50 percent from last year.
The Minnesota office notes that the acreage that farmers actually plant in Minnesota and the U.S. may change from those published estimates due to many factors, including availability of credit, commodity prices, changing weather conditions, and the availability of inputs at the time producers make final planting decisions.
Minnesota hog producers had an inventory of 7.6 million hogs and pigs on March 1, unchanged from last year, but down 3 percent from the December 1, 2011 figure. Breeding hogs totaled 550,000 head, down 2 percent from a year earlier, but market hogs and pigs, at 7.05 million head, were up marginally from a year ago.
Minnesota's December 2011-February 2012 pig crop totaled 2.90 million head, up slightly from a year earlier, but down 3 percent from the September-November 2011 pig crop. The 290,000 sows that farrowed during this period averaged 10.00 pigs per litter, down from 10.15 a year ago.
Hog producers in Minnesota intend to farrow 285,000 sows during the March-May 2012 quarter. If realized, this would be down 3 percent from actual sows farrowed during the same period a year earlier. Producers also intend to farrow 290,000 sows during the June-August 2012 quarter. If realized, this would be down 2 percent from actual sows farrowed during the same period in 2011.
Source: Minnesota Field Office, USDA-NASS