The report estimates the state??s farmers planted 9.5 million acres of soybeans, up 100,000 acres from March intentions. Iowa farmers planted 9.35 million acres of soybeans in 2012. An estimated 14 million acres of corn were planted, down 200,000 acres from March intentions, according to the report.
It has been a challenging year, to say the least.
The northern tier of the state, along with portions of central Iowa, is likely to have the most prevent plant acres, crop experts say. Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) members in Mitchell and Howard counties, after consulting with agricultural retailers, estimate a small percentage of intended soybean acres in each county won??t be planted, but 30 percent of intended corn acres won??t be seeded.ISA board member Wayne Fredericks of rural Osage only has 60 acres of soybeans to plant out of nearly 1,000 split between soybeans and corn. He says this is the most difficult, gut-wrenching planting season since he started farming in 1973. ??You can see the [frustration] on people??s faces,?? Fredericks says. ??You can drive for three miles and have fields on each side not planted. Maybe the market will realize [it] ?|??
Mark Jackson, ISA president and farmer from Rose Hill, encourages farmers to remain focused on their marketing efforts.
??The adage ??rain makes grain?? is a dominant theme on traders?? minds and will likely pressure price cycles throughout the 2013 marketing season,?? Jackson said. ??This is little consolation to farmers with mixed crop conditions. But a reminder to utilize the expertise of the Iowa Soybean Association to maximize crop maintenance decisions in another difficult cropping season.??
The Iowa Soybean Association offers resources including:
a continually-updated Soybean Planting Brief
a new weed management resource called ??Take Action??
an ISA Bean Blog documenting member activity, soybeans and other ag issuesNationally, the USDA report offered a record-high estimate of 77.7 million acres of soybeans planted, up 1 percent from last year. The USDA Grain Stocks Report released June 28 estimates the nation??s soybean reserves at 435 million bushels, down 35 percent from a year ago.Some information provided by: Iowa Soybean Association