What to Know Ahead of USDA’s March 31 Prospective Plantings Report

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    On Friday, March 31, USDA will release its Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks report. What should you know ahead of the report? Read through our team’s comprehensive coverage.

    Ahead of USDA’s Prospective Planting Report: What’s Driving Farmer’s Acreage Decisions This Season?
    Farmers around the Corn Belt are anticipating a big year for corn, especially with improving soil moisture in corn-deficit areas where cash prices have remained strong.

    Jerry Gulke: Can the Prospective Plantings Report Change the Market Tide?
    Given the collapse in the grain markets, will USDA’s report on March 31 matter this year? Jerry Gulke provides his insights.

    Farmers Really Want to Plant Corn Not Soybeans, Says FBN Chief Economist
    Kevin McNew says the company’s survey of 2,000-plus growers shows they will plant 92.5 million acres of corn and 84.5 million acres of soybeans. Both estimates are counter to what USDA projected in February.

    Market Veterans Provide Preview of USDA Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Stocks Reports
    Estimates have been released ahead of Friday’s USDA reports. Here’s what Matt Bennett with AgMarket.Net and Chip Nellinger with Blue Reef Agri-Marketing have to say about the various estimates.

    Pro Farmer editor Brian Grete discusses the results of the Pro Farmer acreage survey plus expectations for this week’s USDA reports on AgriTalk:

    AgDay’s Michelle Rook chats with farmers from around the country for an acreage preview.


    Weather and Flood Forecasts Point to Possibility of Prevent Plant in the Midwest, Northern Plains
    Wet weather in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest is sparking conversations about a growing number of prevent plant acres this year. Is it too early to start conversations about the possibility of prevent plant?

    Blog Commentary

    How Important Is Each USDA Report?
    Many people agree USDA’s end of March report is important. But how does it compare with other reports? Jon Scheve ranks each of the 15 report days in order of importance and provides his thoughts on how the market and farmers can be impacted by each one.

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