Texas' cotton plantings forecast to fall 10% year-over to 6.8 million acres in 2012, USDA says; rice plantings to fall 37% to 115,000 acres

AUSTIN, Texas , March 30, 2012 (press release) – Cotton Acres: Upland cotton is forecast at 6.8 million acres, down 10 percent from last year. Planting of Pima cotton is expected to total 13,000 acres, down 35 percent from 2011.

Wheat Acres: Texas winter wheat planted, at 5.8 million acres, up 9 percent from a year ago.

Sorghum Acres: Producers intend to plant 2.0 million acres of sorghum this year, up 29 percent from a year ago.

Corn Acres: Growers intend to plant 1.9 million acres of corn, down 7 percent from last year.

Other Crops: Rice acreage is expected to decrease 37 percent from last year to 115,000 acres. Prospective soybean acreage, at 125,000 acres, is down 24 percent from last year. An acreage intention for sunflowers, at 95,000 acres, is up 40 percent from last year. Planted acreage for peanuts is forecast at 140,000 acres, up 33 percent from 2011. An estimated 4.4 million acres will be harvested for dry hay this year, up 19 percent from last year.

U.S Highlights: United States prospective Upland cotton producers intend to plant 12.9 million acres, down 11 percent from last year. Corn acreage, at 95.9 million acres, is up 4 percent from 2011. Sorghum acreage intentions at 5.95 million acres are up 9 percent from 2011. Rice acreage is forecast at 2.56 million acres, down 5 percent from last year. Soybean planting intentions are 73.9 million acres, down 1 percent from last year. Winter wheat planted for the nation is estimated at 41.7 million acres, up 3 percent from the previous year.

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