CHARLESTON — Corn plantings in West Virginia are expected to total 48,000 acres, down 6 percent or 3,000 acres from 51,000 acres planted in 2014, and down 9 percent or 5,000 acres from 2013.

Winter wheat planted area is estimated at 8,000 acres, down 20 percent or 2,000 acres from 2014, and down 11 percent or 1,000 acres from 2013.

Soybean planted acreage is expected to total 28,000 acres, up 4 percent or 1,000 acres from 2014, and up 22 percent or 5,000 acres from 2013.

All hay acreage harvested is expected to total 640,000 acres, up 4 percent or 22,000 acres from 2014, and up 8 percent or 50,000 acres from 2013.

Note: These estimates were based on results from the March 1 agricultural survey. Forecasted estimates may change as the survey year continues and/or planting intentions by farmers are altered.

In the United States 2014 comparisons are as follows: corn plantings, 89.20 million acres, down 2 percent; oat plantings - 2.93 million acres, up 8 percent; winter wheat planted, 40.8 million acres, down 4 percent; all tobacco for harvest, 345,280 acres, down 9 percent; burley tobacco for harvest, 93,700 acres, down 8 percent; soybean plantings, 84.64 million acres, up 1 percent; sorghum plantings, 7.9 million acres, up 11 percent; barley plantings, 3.26 million acres, up 10 percent; and all hay for harvest, 57.1 million acres, virtually unchanged from 2014.

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