USDA Report: Corn Acres Up to 94.15 Million, Soybean to 83.69 Million06/30/2016
USDA boosted corn acres above pre-report expectations to 94.15 million acres, up 7% from last year. Soybean acres also rose to 83.69 million acres, up 1% from last year.
Quarterly grain stock estimates also blew past pre-report estimates, with USDA pegging corn stocks at 4.722 billion bushels as of June 1, up 6% from last year. Soybean stocks were estimated at 870 million bushels, up 39% from last year.
Wheat acreage also came in higher than expected, at 50.82 million acres. USDA pegged grain sorghum acres at 7.23 million acres.
If realized, USDA’s estimate of 94.15 million corn acres will be the third highest planted acreage since 1944. USDA estimated that record high corn plantings occurred in Oregon and Idaho, and corn acreage was up or unchanged across most of the Cornbelt.
Of the total 4.722 billion bushels of corn stocks, 2.47 billion bushels were stored on farms, up 9% from last year, and 2.25 billion bushels were stored off-farm, up 3% from last year.
The March-to-May indicated disappearance of corn stocks is 3.1 billion bushels, down from 3.3 billion bushels during the same period last year.
The estimated 83.7 million acres of planted soybeans would set a record for the country. USDA expects record planted soybean acreage in Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Specifically, increases of 200,000 acres or more are expected in Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri.
Of the 870 million bushels of soybean stocks, 281 million are stored on-farm, up 14% from last year, and 589 million are stored off-farm, a whopping 55% increase from last year.
The March-to-May indicated disappearance of soybean stocks is 661 million bushels, down 5% from the same time period last year.
Of the 50.82 million wheat acres, winter wheat accounted for 36.54 million acres, down 7% from last year. Planted durum acreage is estimated at 2.15 million acres, up 11% from last year, and spring wheat acreage was pegged at 12.13 million acres, down 8% from 2015.
Old crop wheat stocks totaled 981 million bushels, up 30% from last year. On-farm stocks were pegged at 197 million bushels, up 27% from 2015, and off-farm stocks were estimated at 784 million bushels, up 31% from last year.
Sorghum’s projected acreage of 7.23 million represents a 15% decline from 2015. Record low plantings of the grain crop are expected in Arkansas.
Sorghum stocks were pegged at 88.3 million bushels, an enormous rise of 157% from 2015. On-farm stocks are up 228% from 2015 to 9.7 million bushels. Off-farm stocks also rose 151% from last year to 78.6 million bushels.