Corn growers in Minnesota intend to plant an estimated 7.9 million acres for all purposes, up 3% from 2010, reports the USDA National Ag Statistics Service Minnesota Field Office.
If realized, corn acreage would be the second largest on record, behind 8.4 million acres planted in 2007.
Soybean growers intend to plant an estimated 7.4 million acres, unchanged from 2010.
Spring wheat planting intentions are estimated at 1.65 million acres, up 3% from last year.
Oat planting intentions, at 225,000 acres, are down 13% from 2010 planted acres.
Barley planting intentions increased 6% from last year, to 90,000 acres.
Sugarbeet planting intentions, of 445,000 acres, are down 1% from last year.
All sunflower planting intentions, of 58,000 acres, are down 34% from 2010. Oil sunflower planting intentions, of 45,000 acres, are down 18% from 2010. Non-oil sunflower planting intentions, of 13,000 acres, are down 61% from last year.
Minnesota officials add that the acreage farmers actually plant may change due to many factors, including availability of credit, commodity prices, changing weather conditions and the availability of inputs at the time producers must make final planting decisions.
Source: NASS Minnesota Field Office