U.S. producers intend to plant less in 2009 than in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Prospective Plantings report released March 31. Planting intentions for all crops included in the survey are 7.8 million acres less than acreage seeded to those crops in 2008. Including acreage of hay intended for harvest, the decline is about 7.6 million.

Declines total as follows:

  • 4.5 million for wheat
  • 1.3 million for sorghum
  • 1 million for corn
  • 658,000 for cotton
  • 446,000 for sunflowers
  • 410,000 for peanuts
  • 154,000 for canola 

For wheat, 75% of the acreage reduction is for winter wheat, even though winter wheat seedings are 791,000 acres larger than reported in January. Intended acreage of soybeans included in the report is 306,000 more than planted in 2008. Intended acreage of all oilseed crops is 672,500 less and acreage of feed grains (corn, sorghum, barley, and oats) is 2.4 million less than planted in 2008.

The complete USDA report can be accessed here.