Archive for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ag Department to estimate farmers’ spring planting plans

March 31, 2015

— The Agriculture Department plans to release its estimate of farmers' spring planting plans.

The report expected to be released Tuesday comes as growers weigh grain prices, weather and crop rotations in deciding what row crops to sow this season.

Other factors this year in making those calculations are the relatively low fuel prices compared to previous years. Energy-intensive crops like corn are cheaper to grow when fuel prices are low.

Kansas puts in its winter wheat crop in the fall, but the state's other major farm crops are all planted in the spring. The agency's report typically estimates anticipated acreages for corn, sorghum and soybeans in Kansas.

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