The latest Arizona Crops report from the Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Arizona’s Durum wheat planted area is estimated at 85,000 acres, down 40,000 acres from 2009. Growers are expected to harvest 84,000 acres for grain. The other wheat planted area is estimated at 9,000 acres, up 2,000 acres from a year ago. Growers intend to harvest 6,000 acres for grain.
The 55,000 acres planted to barley is up 7,000 acres from last year’s crop. Barley area harvested for grain is estimated at 53,000 acres.
Corn planted for all purposes is estimated at 55,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from a year ago. The area harvested for grain is set at 15,000 acres.
Sorghum planted for all purposes is estimated at 40,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from 2009. The area harvested for grain is set at 5,000 acres, down 3,000 acres from a year ago.
The Arizona alfalfa hay harvested acreage is estimated at 300,000 acres, up 20,000 acres from 2009. All other hay area for harvest is estimated at 35,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from a year ago.
Acreage planted to Upland cotton is estimated at 185,000, up 40,000 acres from last year. The American-Pima planted area at 3,000 acres is up 1,400 acres from 2009.
Dry edible bean acreage is estimated at 12,000 acres for 2010.
Arizona’s 2009-2010 lemon production is forecast at 2.5 million boxes, down 17 percent from last season. U.S. lemon production is forecast at 22.5 million boxes, down 6 percent from the 2008-2009 season.
Arizona tangerine/tangelo production for the 2009-2010 season is forecast at 450,000 boxes, 200,000 boxes more than the previous season. Total U.S. tangerine production is forecast at 14.9 million boxes.
All orange production in California is forecast at 58 million boxes (2.18 million tons), down 2 percent from the previous forecast but up 25 percent from last season. The Navel harvest was complete in early July with reports of high quality fruit from growers. The Valencia harvest is ongoing.
Texas orange production is forecast at 1.64 million boxes (70,000 tons), up 2 percent from the previous forecast and 12 percent higher than last season.
The U.S. all orange forecast for the 2009-2010 season is 8.26 million tons, down slightly from the June 1 forecast and down 10 percent from the 2008-2009 final utilization.
The Florida all orange forecast, at 134 million boxes (6.01 million tons), is unchanged from the previous forecast but down 18 percent from last season’s final utilization.