Here’s What U.S. Farmers Are Planting More, or Less, of in 2017

  • Despite record soybean acreage this year, still more corn sown
  • USDA says wheat planting declined more than expected in March

In the end, government data released Friday showed American farmers haven’t planted more soybean acres than corn this year, as many analysts had predicted -- but it was close. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June acreage report also showed growers sowed less wheat than expected three months earlier. Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the three biggest crops:

CORN

  • Among the biggest revisions from the USDA’s March acreage report were North Dakota, which now has an additional 400,000 acres, and Illinois and South Dakota, each with 200,000 fewer acres.

SOYBEANS

  • Downward revisions in several states offset some of the big gains in Illinois, North Dakota and Missouri.

WHEAT

  • Downward revisions, mainly in Montana, North Dakota and Texas, left wheat planting 402,000 acres below the previous estimate. This is the fourth straight year farmers have planted less wheat.
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