August 21, 2019
USDA numbers confirm 2019 to be the worst planting season on record
Numbers released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirm what many US farmers already knew - that the weather has made 2019 the worst planting season on record - Lake News Online reported.
Excess rainfall, flooding and other adverse events prevented more than 19.4 million acres of crops from being planted and most significantly in the Midwest, which saw a steep decline in corn, soybean and wheat.
This is an increase of almost 17.5 million prevented plant acres from this time last year and is the highest number reported since 2007, when the USDA began releasing the report.
Among the hardest-hit states were Ohio, Arkansas, Michigan and Mississippi.
Country-wide, most of the acreage where farmers were prevented from planting due to weather conditions was for corn, at 11.2 million acres, followed by soybeans at 4.4 million acres. Taking into account all acres where crops either failed or farmers did not plant, Louisiana had the highest proportion of affected agricultural land, followed by Massachusetts and Ohio.