CHART: Facing trade and weather headwinds, Missouri’s top cash crop sees dip

The area of soybeans planted in the U.S. this year is estimated at 80 million acres, according to an annual acreage report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That represents a decrease of 10% from last year and the lowest total since 2013.

Soybeans have been in the crossfire of the trade war between the U.S. and China, with demand from China plummeting as a result of tariffs on American soybeans the country introduced last year. The weather has further complicated matters for farmers, with heavy rain this spring leading some in Missouri to plant fewer soybeans this planting season.

Compared with last year, all 29 U.S. states that grow soybeans experienced decreases of planted acreage this year. Texas has the most significant drop, 42.9%, followed by Georgia with a 24.1% decrease. The acreage in Missouri went down by 9.4%, bringing the number to 5.3 million acres this year.

In the past 11 years, the planted area of soybeans in Missouri peaked in 2017. More than 5.9 million acres of soybeans were planted that year.


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