ST. LOUIS — Illinois growers planted fewer corn acres and more soybean acres in 2021 than last spring, according to the USDA NASS Heartland Regional Field office’s Illinois June Acreage report.
Highlights from the report:
Corn: Planted area, at 11.2 million acres, is down 1 percent from 2020. Harvested area for grain, at 11.0 million acres, is down 1 percent from last year.
Soybeans: Planted area, at 10.70 million acres, is up 4 percent from 2020. Harvested area, forecast at 10.65 million acres, is up 4 percent from the previous year.
Winter wheat: Planted area for 2021, estimated at 700,000 acres, up 23 percent from the previous year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 650,000 acres, up 25 percent from previous year.
Hay: Harvested area of all hay is expected to total 420,000 acres, down 14 percent from 2020. This total includes 180,000 acres of alfalfa and 240,000 acres of all other hay.
Nationally, corn planted area for all purposes in 2021 is estimated at 92.7 million acres, up 2 percent or 1.87 million acres from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or unchanged in 28 of the 48 estimating States. Area harvested for grain, at 84.5 million acres, is up 2 percent from last year.
U.S. soybean planted area for 2021 is estimated at 87.6 million acres, up 5 percent from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is up or unchanged in 28 of the 29 estimating States.
The 2021 winter wheat planted area in the U.S., at 33.7 million acres, is up 11 percent from last year and up 2 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 23.6 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 6.59 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.50 million acres are White Winter.
— USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
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