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July 11, 2013

Missouri Farmers Plant Largest Soybean Crop Since 1982

COLUMBIA, MO - Even with a cool, wet spring, Missouri farmers were able to plant a record 9.67 million acres of row crops. Driving that is a record 9.15 million acres devoted to corn and soybeans. While corn acres dropped 4 percent, soybeans acres increased to 5.7 million from 5.4 million last year. Sorghum planted acres are also expected to increase for the second year in a row. Cotton and rice acres are estimated to decline by 23 and 9 percent, respectively.

Missouri corn acreage is estimated at 3.45 million acres planted. That is 150 thousand acres fewer than last year but still the second highest total in Missouri since 1960. Corn acres for harvest for grain are estimated at 3.25 million, 50 thousand less than last year. As of June 23, 54 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition. Due to later planting, none of the crop had reached the silking stage as of that date.

Though March 1 soybean planting intentions were 5.3 million acres , Missouri soy-bean acres planted and to be planted are estimated at 5.7 million acres as of June 1. That's 300 thousand more than last year and the most soybean acres in the state since 5.8 million in 1982 (the record is 5.9 million in 1979). Soybean acreage was 84 percent planted and 67 per-cent emerged as of June 23 with 55 percent of the crop rated in good to excellent condition. Harvested acres are expected to total 5.64 million acres. Wet spring conditions likely caused some producers to plant soybeans as the window for corn planting closed before conditions allowed farmers to get the corn planted.

Missouri winter wheat producers are expected to harvest 970 thousand acres of the 1.1 million acres planted last fall. The largest acreage since 2008. Wheat harvest was 23 percent complete by June 23. Seeded acres of oats in Missouri are estimated at 32 thousand acres, up 12 thousand acres from last year and the most since 2006, while acres to be harvested for grain are estimated at 15 thousand acres, up 7 thousand from a year earlier.

The total area of all hay to be harvested in Missouri this year is estimated at 3.51 million acres, consisting of 260 thousand acres of alfalfa and 3.25 million acres of other, nonalfalfa hay.

This is the lowest total hay acreage in Missouri since 1995 and the fifth year in a row of decline in acreage.

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