USDA Releases Prospective Plantings Report

The USDA has released the first 2022 Prospective Plantings report. This report provides the first official, survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2022 planting intentions. NASS’s acreage estimates are based primarily on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March from a sample of approximately 73,000 farm operators across the United States with more than 2,100 from Wisconsin. Actual plantings will depend upon weather, economic conditions, and the availability of production inputs at the time producers make their final planting decisions.

Wisconsin farmers intend to plant 3.70 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2022 according to the report. This is down 300,000 acres from 2021.

Producers intend to plant 2.30 million acres of soybeans in Wisconsin this year. This is 200,000 acres higher than If realized, this would be a record high for the State, surpassing the 2.22 million acres planted in 2018.

Farmers in Wisconsin expect to harvest 1.30 million acres of all dry hay for the 2022 crop year. This is
70,000 acres above last year.

Wisconsin farmers intend to plant 155,000 acres of oats for all purposes. This is down 20,000 acres from last year. Winter wheat producers intend to plant 280,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from last year. Wisconsin farmers intend to plant 27,000 acres of barley, up 12,000 acres from last year.