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March 28, 2013
SOYBEAN, COTTON AND PEANUTS ACREAGE DOWN FROM 2012
CORN AND WHEAT ACREAGE UP
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that Virginia’s soybean producers intend to decrease acreage in 2013 to 570,000. This is according to the results of a survey conducted March 1 by the USDA/NASS Virginia Field Office. If realized, planted acreage would be 20,000 acres below last year.

Cotton producers expect to plant 65,000 acres, down 24 percent from last year. Peanut producers intend to plant 14,000 acres, a decrease of 6,000 acres from last year. Virginia’s oat producers intend to plant 9,000 acres, down 2,000 acres from the previous year.

Nationwide, cotton acreage for 2013 is expected to total 10 million acres, 19 percent below last year.

Corn acreage is estimated to be 520,000 acres, an increase of 10,000 acres from 2012. Winter wheat acres increased 4 percent to 290,000 acres. Barley acreage seeded last fall for all uses was 67,000 acres, up 2,000 acres from last year.

Tobacco acreage intentions devoted to flue-cured are 22,000 acres, an increase from last year’s acreage of 20,000. Fire-cured tobacco producers intend to harvest 280 acres, a 100 acre decrease from last year. Burley producers intend to harvest 1,900 acres this year which is a decrease of 800 acres from 2012.

Land intended for hay production is 1,200,000 acres, down 8 percent from 2012.

Planting of major row crops is just in the beginning or planning stages. Therefore, producers may change their plans as the planting season progresses.

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