Corn planted area for all purposes in 2016 is estimated at 93.6 million acres, up 6% from last year. If realized, this will represent the highest planted acreage in the United States since 2013, and will be the third highest planted acreage in the United States since 1944.

Soybean planted area for 2016 is estimated at 82.2 million acres, down less than 1% from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage intentions are down or unchanged in 23 of the 31 estimating states.

All wheat planted area for 2016 is estimated at 49.6 million acres, down 9% from 2015. The 2016 winter wheat planted area, at 36.2 million acres, is down 8% from last year and down 1% from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 26.2 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 6.60 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.37 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2016 is estimated at 11.3 million acres, down 14% from 2015. Of this total, about 10.7 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. The intended Durum planted area for 2016 is estimated at 2.00 million acres, up 3% from the previous year.

Source: USDA, Prospective Plantings, March 2016