Kentucky farmers are expected to plant more tobacco, soybeans and wheat this year and less corn.
That's according to the Kentucky Agricultural Statistics Service, which says farmers expect to plant 1.6 million acres of corn—down 50,000 acres from last year. Nationally, farmers intend to grow 97.3 million acres of corn, up slightly from last year and six percent higher than two years ago. If realized, it would be the highest planted acreage of corn in the United States since 1936, when 102 million acres were planted.
Kentucky farmers are expected to plant 1.5 million acres of soybeans, up 20,000 acres from last year. Farmers across the country are expected to plant 77.1 million acres, down slightly from last year, but the fourth highest on record.
Burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky intend to set 78,000 acres for harvest, up 4,000 acres from last year. Producers intend to set 9,500 acres of dark-fired tobacco, up 500 acres from last year.
Winter wheat seeded by Kentucky farmers in the fall of 2012 totaled 680,000 acres, up 100,000 acres from the previous year and the largest seeding since 1998.
Kentucky farmers intend to harvest 2.25 million acres of all hay, down 130,000 from 2012.