U.S. producers planted more corn and cotton this year and fewer acres of soybeans, according to USDA’s June 30 Acreage report.
All cotton planted area for 2011 is estimated at 13.7 million acres, up 25 percent from last year. Upland acreage is estimated at 13.4 million acres, up 25 percent from 2010. American Pima acreage is estimated at 289,000 acres, up 42 percent from 2010.
The report does not account for an expected high level of abandonment in Texas, where a significant percentage of the crop will likely be lost as the result of historic drought.
Cotton acreage rose from the previous year in every cotton-producing state, according to the report. By region, Mid-South acreage increased from 1.92 million to 2.33 million, the Southeast, from 2.597 million acres to 3,138 million, the Southwest, from 5.953 million to 7.546 million and the West, from 503,500 to 711,000.
Corn planted area for all purposes in 2011 is estimated at 92.3 million acres, up 5 percent from last year and behind only the 93.5 million acres planted in 2007. Growers expect to harvest 84.9 million acres for grain, up 4 percent from last year.
Soybean planted area for 2011 is estimated at 75.2 million acres, down 3 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 74.3 million acres, is also down 3 percent from 2010. Record high planted acreage is estimated in New York and North Dakota.
Estimated peanut acres declined from 1.288 million acres in 2010 to 1.152 million acres in 2011.
USDA estimated acreage for grain sorghum at 5.345 million acres, a slight decrease from the 5.4 million acres planted in 2010.
All wheat planted area is estimated at 56.4 million acres, up 5 percent from 2010. The 2011 winter wheat planted area, at 41.1 million acres, is up 10 percent from last year. Of this total, about 29.1 million acres are hard red winter, 8.3 million acres are soft red winter, and 3.7 million acres are white winter.
Area planted to other spring wheat for 2011 is estimated at 13.6 million acres, down 1 percent from 2010. Of this total, about 12.9 million acres are hard red spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2011 is estimated at 1.7 million acres, down 34 percent from the previous year. Flooding in the Dakotas reduced acres planted to other spring and Durum wheat.