The latest California Field Crop Acreage and Production report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, released July 5.


California’s barley harvested acreage is forecast at 75,000 acres, unchanged from last year.

Nationally, the area for harvest is 2.48 million acres, up less than 1 percent from the previous year.


As of June 1, the total planted acreage of corn for all purposes in California is estimated at 640,000 acres, up 5 percent from last year. California farmers expect to harvest 150,000 acres for grain in 2011, down 17 percent from 2010.

In the U.S., corn planted acreage is estimated at 92.3 million, 5 percent above last year. Growers expect to harvest 84.9 million acres for grain, 4 percent above 2010.


California cotton growers planted 190,000 acres of Upland cotton and 260,000 acres of American Pima cotton in 2011. Upland acreage is up 53 percent and American Pima acreage is up 43 percent from 2010.

Nationally, planted Upland cotton acreage is expected to total 13.4 million acres, up 25 percent from last year. Growers intend to plant 289,000 acres of American-Pima cotton, up 42 percent from last year.

Dry beans

An estimated 40,000 acres in California were seeded to dry edible beans for the 2011 season, down 37 percent from last year’s total.

The U.S. dry edible bean seeded acreage is estimated at 1.26 million acres, down 34 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest is estimated at 1.21 million, down 34 percent from a year ago.


On June 1, California growers expected to harvest alfalfa from 940,000 acres in 2011, up 2 percent from last year’s 920,000 acres. The estimate for all other hay for harvest is 550,000 acres, unchanged from last year’s total.

U.S. acreage harvested for alfalfa hay is estimated at 19.3 million and all other hay harvested acreage is expected to total 38.3 million acres. Alfalfa is 3 percent below and other hay is 4 percent below 2010.


Oats were seeded in California on 210,000 acres for 2011, down 5 percent from last year’s acreage. Acreage expected to be harvested for grain totaled 20,000 acres, down 20 percent from 2010.

Nationally, the area harvested for grain is 934,000 acres, 26 percent below 2010.


California’s seeded rice acreage is estimated at 572,000 acres: long grain rice 5,000 acres; medium grain 527,000 acres; and short grain 40,000 acres. In California, water was in good supply which allowed growers to plant 3 percent more rice than in 2010.

U.S. growers are expecting to harvest 2.68 million acres of rice in 2011, 26 percent below last year. Long grain rice will be harvested from 1.84 million acres, medium grain rice from 765,000 acres, and short grain from 41,000 acres.


California safflower growers planted 58,000 acres in 2011. Safflower acreage is up 4 percent from last year’s total. 

U.S. growers are expecting to harvest 132,000 acres of safflower, 22 percent below the previous year.

Sugar beets

California growers intend to harvest 25,000 acres of sugar beets, down less than 1 percent from last year's total planted acreage.

U.S. growers planted an estimated 1.24 million acres of sugar beets for 2011, up 6 percent from last year.

Summer potatoes

Beginning in 2010, California’s winter and summer potato estimates are included in the spring totals. U.S. growers in the summer producing states planted an estimated 40,900 acres, up 5 percent from the previous year.

Sweet potatoes

California’s sweet potato planted and harvested acreage is forecast at 18,500 acres. Cool weather and late season rains delayed sweet potato planting in California, which was completed in early June. Despite late planting, growers are expecting a healthy crop.

U.S. growers are expecting to harvest 133,000 acres, up 11 percent from 2010.


California's Durum wheat planted acreage is estimated at 130,000 acres, up 13 percent from last year. The 120,000 acres for grain is 14 percent above 2010.  California’s acreage seeded to wheat other than Durum totaled 730,000 acres, up 11 percent from 2010.

U.S. Durum planted acreage for 2011 is estimated at 1.70 million acres, down 34 percent from last year. The area for grain is expected to total 1.65 million acres, 35 percent below last year’s level.

U.S. acreage harvested for wheat other than Durum is estimated at 32.3 million acres, 2 percent above 2010.