Posted: Mar 31, 2010 4:12 PM by Associated Press
A federal survey finds that Louisiana farmers expect to plant less cotton this year than ever before, but the total planted nationally may be up from a year ago.
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service said Wednesday that, nationally, farmers expect to plant 10.5 million acres of cotton. That's about 15 percent above last year.
Nathan Crisp - head of the service's Louisiana field office - said a survey March 1 found that Louisiana farmers intend to plant 200,000 acres of cotton this year. That's down 13 percent from a year ago.
He says farmers plan to plant more rice, sorghum and sweet potatoes than they did last year. Crisp says the acreage harvested for hay also is expected to go up.