Field crop planting progress was slowed due to a wet spring in Michigan, according to the USDA NASS, Michigan Field Office. Growers continued planting corn well into June. Acreage estimates were primarily based on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of June. Highlights of the 2011 June Acreage follow:
Michigan corn growers planted 2.55 million acres, up 150,000 acres from what was planted last year and up 50,000 from the March Intentions report. Harvested acres of corn for grain are expected to be 2.25 million acres.
Soybeans in Michigan were estimated 1.95 million acres planted, down 100,000 from last year and down 50,000 from March Intentions. Growers expect to harvest 1.94 million acres.
Sugarbeet producers planted 152,000 acres, up 5,000 from last year. Harvested acres are set at 149,000 acres.
Michigan winter wheat planted acres were set at 700,000 acres, up 170,000 from last year and unchanged from March indications. Harvested acres were set at 680,000 acres.
Dry bean acres were estimated 180,000 down 56,000 acres from last year. Expected harvested acres were estimated at 175,000 acres.
U.S. corn planted area for all purposes in 2011 is estimated at 92.3 million acres, up 5% from last year, and the second highest planted acreage in the United States since 1944, behind only the 93.5 million acres planted in 2007. Growers expect to harvest 84.9 million acres for grain, up 4% from last year.
U.S. soybean planted area for 2011 is estimated at 75.2 million acres, down 3% from last year. Area for harvest, at 74.3 million acres, is also down 3% from 2010.