USDA cuts maize area forecast
The USDA has reduced its estimate of US maize plantings by 1.5 million acres (600,000 ha) to 90.7 million acres. In March, the USDA forecast a 92.2 million acre crop, up 4.5% on the previous year ( Agrow No 613, p 15). The latest projection points to a 2.8% increase. Planting delays in the eastern Corn Belt and northern plains area are expected to reduce the planted area, more than offsetting likely gains in the western Corn Belt and central plains area, where planting was ahead of normal by mid-May, the USDA points out.