Minnesota farmers planted 12% fewer acres of soybeans in 2019 than the previous year, as the trade war battered demand for the state’s second-largest cash crop and heavy spring rains delayed planting.
According to a report at the Star Tribune, the decline in soybeans led to a drop in acres planted for all crops in the state last year.
Minnesotans planted 6.9 million acres of soybeans in 2019, compared to 7.8 million acres in 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Planted corn acres fell less than 1% in the state last year.
Nationally, soybean acres planted fell 14.6%. Corn acres planted rose slightly.