Planting season is underway. (photo courtesy: USDA/Preston Keres)

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Indiana farmers will plant more soybeans and less corn this year than in 2021. In its annual Prospective Plantings report, the ag department is projecting 5.9 million acres of soybeans in Indiana, up approximately 4% from last year.

The agency also estimates Indiana farmers will plan 5.1 million acres of corn, down about 6% from the previous year.

If these estimates are realized, Indiana will be the 6th highest soybean growing state and 7th highest corn producing state in the U.S. this year.

Nationally, USDA says farmers intend to plant a record 91 million acres of soybeans, up 4% from last year. U.S. farmers are expected to plant 4% fewer corn acres, coming in at 89.5 million acres.

The Prospective Plantings report is USDA’s first official, survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2022 planting intentions. The acreage estimates are based on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March from a sample of nearly 73,000 farm operators across the nation.