Total Cropland (cultivated and noncultivated) acreage declined from 8,063,200 acres in 1982 to 7,379,500 acres in 2007, a loss of 683,700 acres equaling an 9% decrease. (Figure 3) The largest loss in a 5-year period occurred between 1987 and 1992 with a loss of 252,100 acres. (Figure 4) Cropland was converted to other categories of land use with the majority of conversion to forest, pasture or CRP during this period of time as shown in Figure 5.
(Figure 3) - Cultivated and Noncultivated Cropland
(Figure 4) - Loss of Cultivated Cropland by 5 year Intervals
(Figure 5) - Net Loss of Cultivated Cropland to other Landuse, 1982-2007