The National Agricultural Statistics Service crop survey results have come in.
Farmers in Virginia intend to plant 490,000 acres of corn, 5,000 acres more than 2018. U.S. corn growers intend to plant 92.8 million acres for all purposes in 2019, 4 percent more than last year and 3 percent more than 2017.
Soybean acreage in Virginia is expected to total 590,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from the previous year. U.S. soybean planted area for 2019 is estimated at 84.6 million acres, down 5 percent from last year.
Upland cotton acreage to be planted in Virginia is forecast at 100,000, up 2,000 acres from 2018. The U.S. total upland cotton acreage is estimated at 13.5 million acres, down 2 percent from the previous year.
Winter wheat seeded by Virginia farmers in the fall of 2018 totaled 180,000 acres, down 50,000 acres from previous year. Seeded acreage for the nation was 31.5 million acres, down 3 percent from 2017.
The crop surveys are conducted in the fall each year. They are used with other USDA agencies’ estimate calculations to set standards for insurance and risk protection programs many farmers rely on to protect their operations.