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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:20

Michigan farmers tweak row crop plantings

(AREA) -- With spring dragging its feet, Michigan's row crop farmers are eager to hit the fields and get their 2013 growing season under way. According to information released this week by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Michigan Field Office, wheat acreage is up from last year, and corn is losing some ground to soybeans. Soybean plantings are estimated at 2.1 million acres this year-up 100,000 acres from 2012-while corn slipped 50,000 acres from last year to total 2.6 million. Following a banner harvest last summer, wheat growers planted 20,000 more acres last fall than the prior year-590,000 acres total. That's still substantially lower than the 700,000 acres harvested in 2011, which yielded the state's production record of 51 million bushels. Plantings that fall slipped approximately 130,000 acres, but yielded in 2012 a record 76 bushels per acre. Dry edible bean planting intentions for 2013 are 190,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from last year. Plantings of the state's other common row crops-barley, hay and oats-remain steady compared to recent years.