VDACS News Releases
April 3, 2017
Virginia Farmers Intend to Plant More Soybeans and Less Corn this Year
Contact: Dawn Eischen, 804.786.1904, Herman Ellison, NASS – 804.771.2493 or 800.772.0670
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their Planting Intentions report showing Virginia farmers intend to plant more soybeans, but less corn this year.
“The March 1, Intentions Survey showed soybean farmers intend to plant 10,000 more acres than in 2016,” said Herman Ellison, NASS Virginia state statistician. “Acres of corn intended to plant is down 10,000 acres from last year, but the acreage came in the same as 2009.”
Soybean acreage in Virginia is expected to total 620,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from the previous year. Farmers intend to plant 480,000 acres of corn, 10,000 lower than 2016.
Other Planting Intentions for Virginia
“I would like to thank all the farmers for taking the time out of your busy schedules to respond the March Agricultural Survey,” Ellison added. “The more farmers we have responding to our surveys, the more accurate data we can provide for the agricultural industry. I wish them a very prosperous and healthy year.”
Click here for more information about Virginia surveys and reports, call the NASS Virginia Field Office at 800.772.0670.
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