WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department released
its acreage report on Wednesday. Following are highlights from the report.

Corn Planted Acreage Up 2 Percent from 2009
Soybean Acreage Up 2 Percent
All Wheat Acreage Down 8 Percent
All Cotton Acreage Up 19 Percent

Corn planted area for all purposes in 2010 is estimated at 87.9 million acres,
up 2 percent from last year. The largest increases in planted acreage compared
to last year are reported in Illinois and Kansas, both up 600,000 acres from
2009. Other notable increases were shown in Indiana, up 400,000 acres;
Missouri, up 300,000 acres; and Ohio, up 250,000 acres. The largest decrease in
planted acreage is reported in Iowa, down 400,000 acres, while both Nebraska
and South Dakota are down 350,000 acres from the previous year.

Soybean planted area for 2010 is estimated at a record high 78.9 million acres,
up 2 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 78.0 million acres, is also
up 2 percent from 2009, and will be the largest harvested area on record, if
realized. Compared with last year, planted acreage increased by 300,000 acres
or more in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, and Nebraska. The States with the largest
declines compared with last year are Arkansas, down 270,000 acres, and North
Carolina, down 250,000 acres. Record high planted acreage is estimated in
Kansas, Nebraska, New York, and Pennsylvania, and planted area will tie the
previous record high in Minnesota and Oklahoma.

All wheat planted area is estimated at 54.3 million acres, down 8 percent from
2009. This is the lowest United States total since 1971. The 2010 winter wheat
planted area, at 37.7 million acres, is 13 percent below last year. Of this
total, about 28.5 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 5.8 million acres are Soft
Red Winter, and 3.4 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other
spring wheat for 2010 is estimated at 13.9 million acres, up 5 percent from
2009. Of this total, about 13.3 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. Durum
planted area for 2010 is estimated at 2.68 million acres, up 5 percent from the
previous year. Growers in North Dakota planted more wheat than Kansas for only
the fourth time on record.

All Cotton plantings for 2010 are estimated at 10.9 million acres, 19 percent
above last year. Upland planted area is estimated at 10.7 million acres, up 19
percent from 2009. Increased planted acres are expected in all States except
Louisiana, where acres are unchanged from last year’s record low. In Alabama,
California, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, planted
acreage increased over 30 percent with California experiencing the largest
percentage gain with a 76 percent increase. American-Pima cotton growers
planted 209,000 acres, up 48 percent from 2009.

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