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NASS reports high corn acreage; will resurvey in July

Following a crop report today that showed an unexpectedly high number of acres planted to corn despite wet weather problems, the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced that it will collect updated information on 2011 acres planted to corn, soybeans, durum and other spring wheat in four states in July.

USDA estimated U.S. farmers planted 92.3 million acres of corn this spring, up 1.7 percent from an estimate issued just three weeks ago.

NASS previously collected planted acreage information during the first two weeks of June, with the results published in the June 30 acreage report. At the time of the survey, a large percentage of acres remained to be planted in four states: Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

To better assess planted acreage, NASS will resurvey the growers in these states in July and, if the newly collected data justifies any changes, NASS will publish updated estimates in the Crop Production report, to be released at 8:30 a.m. EDT on August 11 at [www.nass.usda.gov](http://www.nass.usda.gov).

Farm and ethanol groups were cautious today about predicting the harvest.

Todd Davis, crops economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, said today’s report signals a potential U.S. corn crop of 13.47 billion bushels, but he issued a caution.

“We have a lot of hurdles to jump to reach a harvest of 13.47 billion bushels of corn this year,” Davis said. “The weather throughout the Corn Belt will have to cooperate in July and August for farmers to get strong yields and we would have to harvest the 84.8 million acres projected in the June 30 acreage survey.”

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy said the reports indicate farmers responded to price signals, but they also were cautious about predicting the size of the harvest.

June 30 Acreage Report