DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The USDA is releasing its first estimate of the 2013 crop size in its spring planting report.
After a year dominated by worst drought since the 1950s, farmers are looking ahead to the next crop. Some analysts are expecting slightly more corn and soybeans to be planted than a year ago.
Farmers planted 97.2 million acres of corn last year, the most since 1937. Some analysts are expecting corn acres at around 97.5 million acres.
Producers in South Dakota intend to plant 250,000 less acres of corn in 2013.
The intentions are based on a March 1 survey of producers.
Corn acres planted in South Dakota for 2013 are expected to total 5.9 million acres, down 4 percent from last year's record 6.15 million acres planted.
Soybean acres planted are expected to total 4.6 million acres. That's down 3 percent from last year's record 4.75 million acres planted.
Winter wheat acres seeded last fall totaled 1.25 million acres, which is down 5 percent from a year earlier.
Hay acreage harvested is estimated at 3.1 million acres, which is unchanged from last year.