The United States Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released earlier this spring reported corn and soybean plantings were up significantly compared to 2019. It’s welcome news for the ag industry and the propane suppliers who support these producers after a challenging harvest to end 2019 and an unpredictable pandemic to start 2020.
According to the report, corn planted in 2020 is estimated at 97 million acres, up 8 percent from 2019. Thirty-eight of the 48 states reporting corn as a planted crop are expecting plantings to be at or above 2019 levels.
Soybean plantings are reporting an even larger increase. According to the report, 83.5 million acres of soybeans will be planted in 2020, which is a 10 percent increase compared to last year. Twenty-two of the 29 states planning the crop expect plantings to be at or above 2019 levels.
More plantings mean more need for propane, whether it’s used to power the irrigation equipment helping to grow the crops or to help dry the grain at harvest time. It’s only May, but establishing a strong line of communication between farmers and their propane suppliers now will pay dividends later in the season. Make sure they know what your needs are so they can best support your operation’s energy needs all season long. It’s one way to ensure the strong plantings data carries through to a successful harvest.