Virginia farmers to plant more soybeans, fewer corn crops

Farmers in Virginia will be planting more soybean crops this year, but fewer acres of corn, according to a news release from the USDA Virginia Field Office in Richmond.

“The March 1, Intentions Survey showed soybean farmers intend to plant 10,000 more acres than in 2016,” said Virginia state statistician Herman Ellison. “Acres of corn intended to plant is down 10,000 acres from last year, but the acreage came in the same as 2009.”

Here’s a breakdown of Virginia farmers’ planting intentions for 2017:
• Corn: 480,000 acres, 10,000 lower than 2016.
• Soybeans: 620,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from 2016.
• Cotton: 80,000 acres, up 7,000 from 2016.
• Peanuts: 23,000 acres, up 2,000 from 2016.
• Flue-cured tobacco: 21,000 acres, down 1,000 from 2016.
• Dark-fired tobacco: down 10 acres from 2016.
• Burley tobacco: 1,100 acres, down 100 acres from 2016.
• Barley seeded in 2016: 38,000 acres, up 5,000 from 2016.
• Winter wheat seeded in 2016: 190,000 acres, down 20,000 from 2016.
• Hay: 1.28 million acres, up 65,000 from 2016.