California upland cotton acreage record low

California's cotton growers planted 110,000 acres of Upland cotton this season, the lowest on record. For the second straight year, American Pima acreage is greater than Upland, according to USDA, NASS, California Field Office. However, the 175,000 acres of American Pima seeded this season is down 33 percent from last season. Upland acreage represents a drop of 44 percent from last season.

California corn acreage record high

Corn planted for all purposes in California is at an all-time high of 670,000 acres, up 3 percent from 2007, according to the USDA/NASS California field office. The largest California corn acreage prior to this year was 650,000 acres planted last year. California farmers expect to harvest 215,000 acres of corn for grain this season, up 8 percent from last year. High corn grain prices, ethanol plant expansions, as well as strong demand for corn used for silage by dairy farms, encouraged the record high plantings.

Oats acreage chases corn

Oats were seeded on 300,000 acres in California this season, up 43 percent from last year’s acreage, according to the USDA/NASS California field office. Acreage expected to be harvested for grain totaled 35,000 thousand acres, 75 percent above 2007.

California durum acreage doubles

California farmers doubled their durum wheat acreage this season to 170,000 acres, reports the USDA/NASS California field office. The 155,000 acres for grain harvest are up 107 percent from 2007. California’s acreage seeded to wheat other than Durum totaled 650,000 acres, up 30 percent from 2007. An estimated 120,000 acres were seeded to barley for all purposes this year in California, up 41 percent from 2007. A total of 60,000 is expected to be harvested for grain, 50 percent above last year.

California rice acreage unchanged

California’s seeded rice acreage is estimated at 534,000 acres, the same as last year, according to the USDA/NASS California field office. Acreage planted to long grain rice totaled 9,000 acres, unchanged from 2007. Planted acreage of medium grain rice is the same as last year at 460,000 acres and acreage planted to short grain rice is unchanged from 2007 at 65,000 acres.

Safflower up sharply, beets down

California safflower growers planted 90,000 acres this season, up 80 percent from last year’s total, according to the USDA/NASS field office.

On the other hand, California beet growers are reducing sugar beet acres to 31,600 acres, down 21 percent from last year’s total planted acreage. An estimated 46,000 acres in California were seeded to dry edible beans for '08, down 22 percent from last year’s total. The dry bean acreage is the lowest on record.

Hay acreage

California growers expected to harvest 1.54 million acres of all hay in 2008, down 4 percent from 2007, according to USDA/NASS' California field office. Alfalfa is expected to be harvested from 950,000 acres, 4 percent below last year. All other hay is estimated to be harvested on 590,000 acres, down 5 percent from last year’s total.