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Michigan Acreage Outpaces 5-Year Average
Michigan Ag Connection - 07/01/2020

Michigan farmers bounced back from a weather-beaten 2019 to plant field crops in 2020 that outpaced the 5-year average, even with some replanting necessary due to late frosts and some flooding in May.

According to Marlo Johnson, Director, USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office, Michigan corn growers planted 2.30 million acres, up 300,000 from last year and up 50,000 acres from 2018. Harvested acres of corn for grain were set at 1.94 million acres.

Michigan soybean growers planted 2.30 million acres, up 540,000 acres from last year. Growers expect to harvest 2.29 million acres of soybeans in 2020.

Winter wheat growers planted 530,000 acres in Michigan, down 10,000 acres from 2019. Harvested acres of winter wheat for grain are anticipated to be 480,000 acres, unchanged from last year. U.S. corn planted area for all purposes in 2020 is estimated at 92.0 million acres, up 3 percent or 2.31 million acres from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or unchanged in 28 of the 48 estimating States. Area harvested for grain, at 84.0 million acres, is up 3 percent from last year.

U.S. soybean planted area for 2020 is estimated at 83.8 million acres, up 10 percent from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is up or unchanged in 24 of the 29 estimating States.

U.S. 2020 winter wheat planted area, at 30.6 million acres, is down 2 percent from last year and down 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 21.5 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 5.63 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.42 million acres are White Winter. Area expected to be planted to other spring wheat for 2020 is estimated at 12.2 million acres, down 4 percent from 2019. Of this total, about 11.5 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2020 is expected to total 1.50 million acres, up 12 percent from the previous year.

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