Ag Chat with Bob Bosold- April 1

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- USDA economists had some surprises in yesterday's Planting Intentions and Grain Stocks Report. They are now expecting farmers will plant 97 million acres to corn this spring-up almost 3 million from pre-report estimates and about 7 million more than last year's actual plantings. That 97 million acres would be the most since 2012 with plantings expected to be up in 38 states. The soybean numbers were also a little surprising but for the opposite reason-smaller than expected planted acres. Economists say farmers will only plant 83 and a half million acres-about 1 million less than expected but about 7 million more acres than in 2019. But farmers in 22 states said they plan to plant more beans this year than they did last year. Wheat acres were no surprise as the report calls for 44.7 million acres, down slightly from pre-report and last year's actual plantings.

The Renewable Fuels industry got a favorable ruling in the courts in February telling the Environmental Protection Agency that said 3 small refinery waivers were not justified and that they had to be revoked. But now EPA officials say they are in no hurry to carry out that court decision until there can be a rehearing of the court decision. The Renewable Fuels Association wants President Trump to step in and force the EPA to implement the court's decision which was unanimous in the 10th Circuit Court.

Tuesday's USDA Prospective Plantings report showed Wisconsin farmers plan to plant more acres to all of our major crops except wheat. Corn acres are expected to reach 3.9 million this spring-up about 100,000 from 2019 and the same as 2018. Soybean plantings are now put at 1.95 million acres-a 200,000 acre increase from last year. That would also be the 4th highest number of soybean acres ever in the state. All hay acres are also expected to go up from last year-by about 50,000 acres to 1.35 million. That would still be about 10,000 acres less than 2 years ago. And oat acreage is now put at 280,000 acres-up 15,000 from last year with barley acres reaching 30,000 acres-6,000 more than in 2019. Only wheat is expected to be down-by about 35,000 acres to 160,000 acres.

Cancellations of farm activities are now reaching into June. The first on farm dairy breakfast cancellation has come from Dunn County. Organizers say their breakfast scheduled for Breezy Haven Farm has been cancelled but it has been re-scheduled at the same farm for June12, 2021.