Total U.S. peanut acreage will be up 29 percent in 2014. Total upland cotton acres will increase 7 percent compared to last year but down in some Southern states. U.S. soybean acres set to set record and higher in Southeast, too, with wheat acres down, according to USDA Prospective Plantings report issued March 31.

According to the report, Georgia peanut farmers say they plan to plant 660,000 acres, or 53 percent more than in 2013, which was a low-water mark for peanut acres in that state in recent history. Alabama farmers plan to plant 165,000 acres, or 18 percent more than last year. Florida plans 150,000 acres, up 7 percent. South Carolina growers look to plant 95,000 acres, up 17 percent. Total U.S. acreage is predicted to be 1.38 million acres, or 29 percent more than in 2013, but still much less than the 1.63 million acres planted in 2012.

All cotton planted area for 2014 is expected to total 11.1 million acres, 7 percent above last year. Upland area is expected to total 10.9 million acres, up 7 percent from 2013.

Southern 2014 cotton acres compared to 2013:

Alabama - 340,000 acres (down 7 percent)

Georgia 1.35 million acres (about even with last year)

North Carolina 470,000 acres (up 1 percent)

South Carolina 250,000 acres (down 3 percent)

Tennessee 280,000 acres (up 12 percent)

Texas 6.4 million (up 10 percent)

Corn planted area for all purposes in 2014 is estimated at 91.7 million acres, down 4 percent from last year, according to the report. This will represent the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010 but the fifth largest U.S. corn acreage since 1944.

Southern 2014 corn acres compared to 2013:

  • Alabama 290,000 acres (down 8 percent)
  • Georgia 370,000 acres (down 27 percent)
  • Kentucky 1.5 million acres (2 percent down)
  • North Carolina 850,000 (8 percent down)
  • Tennessee 830,000 acres (7 percent down)

Planted soybean acres, if realized, will set a record at 81.5 million acres, up 6 percent from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage intentions are up or unchanged across all states with the exception of Missouri and Oklahoma.

Southern soybean 2014 acres compared to 2013:

  • Alabama – 500,000 (up 15 percent)
  • Georgia – 240,000 (up 4 percent)
  • Kentucky – 1.7 million (up 3 percent)
  • North Carolina – 1.6 million (up 10 percent)
  • Tennessee – 1.6 million (up 3 percent)

All wheat planted area for 2014 is estimated at 55.8 million acres, down 1 percent from 2013. The 2014 winter wheat planted area, at 42.0 million acres, is down 3 percent from last year but up slightly from the previous estimate. Southern wheat acres down across the board.

Southern wheat 2014 acres compared to 2013:

  • Alabama – 230,000 (down 23 percent)
  • Georgia – 280,000 (down 33 percent)
  • Kentucky – 620,000 (down 11 percent)
  • North Carolina – 830,000 (down 16 percent)
  • South Carolina 230,000 (down 15 percent)
  • Tennessee – 560,000 (down 8 percent)