WASHINGTON — The poor conditions this past spring have forced a reduction in planted acres across the “I” states, based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June 28 acreage report.

Illinois has an estimated 22.455 million planted acres of all crops, compared to 22.936 million last year and 22.851 million in 2017.

USDA pegs Indiana’s total planted acres of all crops at 11.69 million after hitting 12.12 million a year ago and 12.13 million in 2017.

Iowa came in at 23.995 million planted acres. The state had 24.291 million in 2018 and 24.491 million two years ago.

Farmers nationwide planted 309.312 million acres of crops this year, over 10 million less than 2018.

The USDA estimated the nation’s corn planted area for all purposes in 2019 at 91.7 million acres, a 3% increase from last year.

Compared with last year, planted acres are up or unchanged in 40 of the 48 estimating states. Area harvested for grain, at 83.6 million acres, is up 2% from last year.

The U.S. soybean planted area for 2019 is estimated at 80 million acres, a 10% reduction from last year. This represents the lowest soybean planted acreage in the nation since 2013. Compared with last year, planted acreage is down in all 29 estimating states.

All wheat planted area for 2019 is estimated at 45.6 million acres, down 5% from 2018. This represents the lowest all wheat planted area on record since records began in 1919. The 2019 winter wheat planted area, at 31.8 million acres, is down 2% from last year, but up 1% from the previous estimate.

Illinois

The USDA reported Illinois’ corn acres are unchanged from last year at 11 million and put the area harvested for grain at 10.8 million acres, 50,000 below 2018.

Soybean planted acres were reduced from 10.8 million in 2018 to 10.3 million this year, the report stated. Harvested acres are projected at 10.24 million after 10.75 million last year.

Winter wheat acreage increased year-over-year by 40,000 acres to 640,000.

Indiana

Corn acres increased by 150,000 acres in the Hoosier State to 5.5 million acres this year, according to USDA, and harvested acres for grain were projected at 5.3 million, 100,000 higher than 2018.

USDA saw 5.3 million planted soybean acres in Indiana compared to 5.95 million a year ago, and harvested acres of 5.28 million after having 5.92 million a year earlier.

Indiana’s winter wheat planted acres of 320,000 is 10,000 less than last year.

Iowa

Planted corn acres are estimated at 13.6 million acres, 400,000 above last year in Iowa. The area harvested for grain was placed at 13.2 million acres after hitting 12.8 million last year.

Soybean acreage is projected to be down to 9.1 million this year, 900,000 below 2018. USDA has harvested acres at 9.03 million compared to 9.91 million a year ago.

There was no winter wheat data for Iowa in the USDA’s report.

Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.

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