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Record number of soybeans planted in U.S. in 2017


The United States has seen a 7 percent increase in the number of soybeans planted in 2017, compared with that of last year. That’s huge, and makes the estimated 89.5 million acres a new record, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers planted 94 percent of the soybean acreage to herbicide-resistant seed varieties.

Corn acreage, on the other hand, is down 3 percent, leaving the planted area at about 91 million acres. Ninety-two percent of all corn acres planted in the United States are biotech varieties.

In other categories:

  • All cotton planted for 2017 is estimated at 12.1 million acres, 20 percent above last year.
  • All wheat planted area for 2017 is estimated at 45.7 million acres, down 9 percent from last year. This represents the lowest all wheat planted area since records began in 1919.
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