2015 Acreage Survey Results
Roach Ag Marketing’s 2015 June Acreage Survey includes data from customers in 14 states. The survey period was June 9th – June 16th vs. the USDA survey period of May 29th – June 15th (estimated).
|Factoid: Last year, (2014), the USDA in their March Planting Intentions report, estimated 91.7 million acres of corn. Then in June, adjusted acreage to 91.6. Acreage then slowly ticked lower into the final January report, pegging corn acres at 90.6, down 1.1 million acres from the original March Intentions. Will history repeat?
We begin our analysis assuming a USDA March Planting Intentions figure of 89.2 million corn acres and 84.6 million bean acres. In states with a small number of survey responses, we assumed no change to the USDA planting intentions numbers. The Roach Ag survey reported corn planted acreage down 1.1 million acres from the USDA March Planting Intentions or 88.1 million planted corn acres.
Our 2015 survey projects the largest corn area reductions in Missouri (-440,000), Nebraska (-150,000), and Kansas (-150,000). Reductions are also seen in Texas (-130,000), Indiana (-70,000), and Ohio (-40,000).
Similar to last year, we do think the trend in planted corn acres will be smaller as a persistently wet spring pushed troubled areas beyond final plant dates and with a lower crop insurance guarantee for beans, growers elected to take Prevent Plant or gamble on beans. Different than last year is how low insurance guarantees have fallen and therefore we do not see corn acres growing significantly in any state.
This year we asked growers to report how their crops looked compared to last year. There were some nice rebounds with how growers rated their crop in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Crops were rated considerably lower in Missouri, Kansas, and North Dakota.
For soybeans, growers in several states in the plains are facing unknowns with regards to final planting figures. Some will take prevent plant but we think many will attempt to plant beans on into July.
We will issue a secondary re-survey of final soybean planting numbers to share with customers in the first week of July.
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