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Prospective Plantings report: Ark cotton, rice acres down
Author: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
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GETTING READY — A spray buggy runs ahead of the planter to get a pre-emerge herbicide down as corn planting season begins in Chicot County, Arkansas. (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo by Gus Wilson.)

Arkansas’ cotton acres were expected to plummet, and rice acres to shrink slightly in 2013, but winter wheat and corn would expand, according to the “Prospective Plantings” report issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report indicated what producers’ intentions for their farmland were when they were asked in early March. 

“Given the below-normal temperatures and wet conditions, actual plantings may deviate from these intentions, particularly here in Arkansas,” said Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Because of its timing, there’s lots of room for change between the time the report and the time the acres are planted.

See details of Arkansas’ acreage.


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