New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herati-Z$ltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, March 14, 1991
Crop planting intentions rise 3.2 percent
By JOE G. TAYLOR
The results of a special survey of U.S. farmers released by the United States Department of Agriculture in February indicates farmers plan to expand production of most major crops except wheat in 1991.
The survey, conducted during the last two weeks of January, included 19,000 farmers. The survey was designed to provide an early indicator of how farmers are interpreting the 1990 farm bill.
Customarily, USDA conducts a planting intention survey in early March and releases a preliminary repent at the end of the month.
The survey shows planting intentions of 259,22 millions acres (including 56.97 millions acres of winter wheat reported previously), up 3.2 percent from the 251.15 million acres planted last year.
The agribusiness sector should defer malting major decisions affected by planting intentions until the scheduled report is released. Farm plans may shift as the planting season approaches. Weather and changes in cost of production projections triggered by incidents in the Persian Gulf may prompt farmers to make significant adjustments to their production plans for 1991.
Industry analysts indicate that USDA’s special planting intention report is subs tan tai ll y higher than private estimates. Analysts, however, agree that the fall harvest will be much higher than least year.
Com, feed grains up
The report shows U.S. farmers plan to plant 77.5 million acres of com, up 4.5 percent from 1990.
Significant increases in acreage planting to feed grains other than com also are indicated. Sorghum plantings for 1991 are projected at 12.5 million acres, up 18.7 percent from 1990.
Barley and oats plantings are projected at 9.1 million and 6.8 million acres, up ll and 14.5 percent respectively from last year.
The futures market reacted to the increased feed grain acreage figures with a slightly bearish one-day drop.
However, relatively tight carryover stocks and domestic demand have provided enough support to stabilize prices and prevent further price erosion.
Cotton up 18 percent
Although an increase was expected, the biggest surprise in the survey was the sharp acreage increase projected for cotton. U.S. cotton growers indicated they plan to plant 14.7 million acres, up 18.3 percent from last year.
The sharp increase appeared to be less of a surprise to the cotton commodity market. Cotton prices remain attractive and the market appears solid.
The expansion in cotton and feed grain plantings reflects, among other things, reductions in farm program acreage set-aside requirements. Cotton set-aside requirements dropped to five percent from 12.5 percent required last year. Com and sorghum requirements dropped to 7.5 percent last year.
The 15 percent farm program set aside requirement for wheat, compared to 5 percent last year, was a major influence in the reduced wheat acreage planned for 1991.
Furthermore, it appears that
depressed prices as a result of a current wo4d wheat glut also have discouraged wheat producers from turning to increased wheat plantings.
U.S. winter wheat farmers planted 56.79 million acres of winter wheat last fall, about the same as last year. Overall, however, wheat acreage is projected at 74.57 million acres, down 3.5 percent from last year.
Sheep market sluggish
The U.S. sheep herd decreased to 11.2 million head after showing signs of growth during three of the last four years. According to USDA’s Agricultural Statistics Board, based on a January 1991 inventory, the herd decreased one percent from last year’s 11.4 million head. The decrease reaffirms the steady decline of the herd size from its inventory peak of 32.8 million head in 1961. At its lowest level of about IO million head, the U.S. sheep herd had about 70 percent of the peak. The current herd is about a third the size of the 1961 inventory.
The sheep and wool market has remained sluggish for about a year. This stale market represents a steady decline over the past three years. Lambs in Texas, for example, were selling for about $50.20/cwt in January 1991, compared to $58.80/cwt in
January 1990, $68.80 in January 1989 and $74.30/cwt in January 1988.
Consequently, the total value of the herd dropped to $375 milton, down 18 percent from last year. The average value per head at $65.60 was down 17 percent from last year.
The 1991 lamb crop inventory at 7.61 million head was down 1.7 percent from last year and 7.3 percent from two years ago. This appears to support indications of a continued downward "end of the U.S. sheep herd.
The 1990 lambing rate at 101 percent was down significantly from the lambing rate of 107 percent in 1989.
Although the flocks in Texas dropped to 2.0 million head down 4.3 percent from last year, Texas continues to lead the nation in the size of the inventory. The sheep herd in Texas comprises 17.9 percent of the U.S. herd with a total value of $108 million.
Joe O. Taylor ii Comal County Extension Agent for agriculture.
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