April 12, 2012
US Virginia's soy, corn area increase on-year
The soy, corn and peanuts acres planted this 2012 are higher than the previous year, announced the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).
Virginia's soy producers intend to increase acreage in 2012 to 590,000.
If realised, planted acreage would be 30,000 acres above last year. Farmers announced their planting intentions in response to a March 1 survey conducted by the Virginia Field Office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service, an office within the USDA.
Corn acreage is estimated to be 500,000 acres, an increase of 10,000 acres from 2011. Peanut producers intend to plant 23,000 acres, an increase of 7,000 acres from last year.
Cotton producers expect to plant 95,000 acres, down 18% from last year.
Virginia's oat producers intend to plant 11,000 acres, remaining consistent from the previous year. Winter wheat acres increased 19% to 320,000 acres. Barley acreage seeded last fall for all uses was 60,000 acres, down 33% from last year.
Land intended for hay production is 1,280,000 acres, down 7% from 2011.
Planting of major row crops is just in the beginning or planning stages. Therefore, producers may change their plans as the planting season progresses.
Nationally, corn planted acreage is up 4% from 2011, soy acreage is down 1%, wheat is up 3% and cotton acreage is down 11%.