Acreage: Planted corn climbs 5%, second highest since 1944

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Corn planted area for all purposes in 2011 is estimated at 92.3 million  acres, up 5 percent from last year, and the second highest planted acreage in  the United States since 1944, 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.

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 1.70 million acres, down 34 percent from the previous year.  Flooding in the Dakotas reduced acres planted to other spring and Durum wheat.

All cotton planted area for 2011 is estimated at 13.7 million acres, 25 percent above 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.

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