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Published April 01, 2010, 09:58 AM

Rice acreage to rise in 2010, soybeans to decrease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas rice farmers are expected to increase their acreage by 10 percent this year while soybean acreage is to fall by 3.5 percent.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas rice farmers are expected to increase their acreage by 10 percent this year while soybean acreage is to fall by 3.5 percent.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the estimates in a report Wednesday.

The report also says cotton acreage in Arkansas is expected to remain steady — despite an expected increase of 15 percent in cotton acreage nationwide.

The report also says corn acreage is expected to fall nearly 5 percent and farmers plan 51 percent fewer acres in wheat. Analysts say the wheat crop was hurt by rains last October when it was the best time to plant wheat.

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