Corn planting intentions may not match up with actual planting this year, says National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president Garry Niemeyer, a grower in central Illinois. Niemeyer does say growers ARE off to a great start.
“When we start planting corn this early and the ground works this great we usually, in general, plant a lot more corn,” Niemeyer says.
But, Niemeyer tells Brownfield, there might not end up being the most corn planted since 1937, as predicted, “The intentions on planting corn are taken on March 1st. So, since the price of soybeans has come up a lot in March and here in early April we may not quite get the 95.9 million acres that was indicated by USDA.”
However, Niemeyer adds, there WILL be an ample amount of corn grown in 2012. “I do think that there will be a lot of farmers look at their ground,” says Niemeyer, “As early as it is and as great a shape as the ground’s working and will continue to plant corn. And, we hope to have a huge crop to supply all the needs of those for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”
The USDA planting intentions report on March 30th predicts a four-percent increase in corn acres and a one-percent decrease in soybeans, compared to last year.