Federal Ag Officials Predict Spring Planting for ND, SD, and MN
Posted by KSJB News on 4/3/2017 6:43:00 AM.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota farmers are planning to seed less wheat this year but more soybeans. 
It's a trend playing out in many states, with more than 1 billion bushels of surplus wheat in storage in the U.S.


The Agriculture Department says in its prospective plantings report that it expects North Dakota farmers to seed 5.4 million acres of spring wheat, down 10 percent from last year.

Soybean acres in the state are expected to hit a record, up 14 percent to 6.9 million acres.

Other crops with expected increases in the state are canola and chickpeas.

Crops with expected acreage decreases are durum wheat, corn, sunflowers, sugar beets, barley, dry beans, dry peas, lentils, flaxseed and oats.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota farmers are planning to seed less corn and wheat this year but more soybeans.

It's a trend playing out in many states, with surpluses of corn and wheat in storage in the U.S.

The Agriculture Department says in its prospective plantings report that it expects South Dakota farmers to seed only 940,000 acres of spring wheat, down 13 percent from last year to a record low. Corn acres are expected to be down 4 percent to 5.4 million.

Soybean acres in the state are expected to hit a record, up 4 percent to 5.4 million acres.

Other crops with expected increases in the state are sunflowers and dry peas.

Crops with expected acreage decreases are durum wheat, flaxseed, sorghum and oats.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota farmers are planning to seed less corn and wheat this year but more soybeans.

It's a trend playing out in many states, with surpluses of corn and wheat in storage in the U.S.

The Agriculture Department says in its prospective plantings report that it expects Minnesota farmers to seed 1.3 million acres of spring wheat, down 20,000 acres from last year. Corn acres are expected to be down 450,000 acres to 8 million, the fewest since 2010.

Soybean acres in the state are expected to hit a record, up 9 percent to 8.3 million.

Minnesota's oat, barley, sugar beet and sunflower crops all are expected to be smaller this year.



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