The following is the 2010 California Prospective Plantings report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Sacramento, Calif., Field Office.

The forecasts of acreage planted and to be planted are based on a survey of more than 2,500 California farmers conducted in early March. The impact of weather and/or market conditions since the survey is not reflected in this report.

Barley

California farmers have planted or intend to plant 100,000 acres to barley, up 11 percent from the previous year.

Dry edible beans

Dry edible bean seeding is planned on 63,500 acres in California, down 7 percent from last year.

Corn

California farmers are expected to plant 650,000 acres of corn for all purposes in 2010, an 18 percent increase from last year.

Cotton

California farmers intend to plant 100,000 acres to upland cotton in 2010, up 41 percent from 2009 seeded acreage. Growers expect to seed 165,000 acres to American Pima cotton in 2010, up 39 percent from last year.

Hay

California producers intend to harvest hay from 1.5 million acres, down 1 percent from last year.

Oats

Farmers in California planted or expect to plant 240,000 acres of oats, 4 percent less than in 2009.

Rice

California farmers intend to seed rice on 600,000 acres, 7 percent above the acreage seeded in 2009. The intention is to seed 540,000 acres to medium grain varieties, 7 percent above last year.

The long grain rice acreage forecast is 10,000 acres, twice the amount planted last season. The short grain rice planted acreage forecast is 50,000 acres, down 2 percent from last season. Short grain and all rice forecasts include the intended plantings of sweet rice.

Sugar beets

California producers planted or intend to plant 25,000 acres of sugar beets, down less than 1 percent from 2009.

Sunflower

California farmers are expected to plant 30,000 acres of sunflowers for oil, down 29 percent from last year, and 13,000 acres of non-oil sunflowers, up 63 percent from 2009.

Sweet potatoes

California farmers expect to plant 18,500 acres of sweet potatoes in 2010, up 6 percent from last year.

Wheat

Acreage seeded to winter wheat is estimated at 600,000 acres, 2 percent above last year. Another 115,000 acres were seeded to Durum wheat, 36 percent below the amount planted in 2009.

The next production forecast will be issued April 8, 2010.