U.S. Farmers Intend to Plant Less Corn, More Soybeans

Dan Corn, Field Crops, Soybeans, USDA-NASS


A new report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), shows producers surveyed across the U.S. intend to plant 90.0 million acres of corn in 2024, down 5% from last year. But, according to the new Prospective Plantings Report, they intend to plant 86.5 million acres of soybeans this year, which is up 3% from last year.

The report provides the first official, survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2024 planting intentions. NASS’s acreage estimates are based on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March from a sample of nearly 72,000 farm operators across the nation. Other key findings in the report are:

  • All wheat planted area for 2024 is estimated at 47.5 million acres, down 4% for comparable states from 2023.
  • Winter wheat planted area, at 34.1 million acres, is down 1% from the previous estimate and down 7% from last year for comparable states.
  • Area planted to other spring wheat for 2024 is expected to total 11.3 million acres, up 1% from 2023.
  • Durum wheat planted is expected to total 2.03 million acres for 2024, up 22% from last year for comparable states.
  • All cotton planted area for 2024 is expected to total 10.7 million acres, 4% above last year.

The Prospective Plantings, Grain Stocks, and all other NASS reports are available online at