Frost forces beet replanting

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) -- Some sugar beet farmers in the Powell area are replanting their crops following last week's frost.

Beet grower Ric Rodriguez of Heart Mountain replanted some of his fields over the weekend after some of his crop froze early last week.

Rodriguez is a member of the Western Sugar Cooperative board of directors. He says the co-op's field men have been surveying damage in local fields.

Glen Reed raises sugar beets near Cody and is president of the Big Horn Basin Beet Growers Association.

Reed says he was checking his fields for damage on Monday. He says cold, cloudy days are hard on seedlings.

Ark. cotton drops 34 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says cotton production in Arkansas dropped by 34 percent from 2008 to 2009.

But the USDA report also shows the cotton crop was larger than had been expected.

The report released Tuesday shows 852,000 cotton bales were produced in the state in 2009 compared nearly 1.3 million bales in 2008. The USDA had estimated in January that Arkansas would produce about 830,000 bales.

Analysts say rainy weather during the harvest damaged much of the cotton in the fields.

The USDA also released a forecast Tuesday that estimates the winter wheat harvest fell by 56 percent from 2009. Arkansas Farm Bureau economist Matt King says the drop is due partly to low prices for wheat.

Virginia's wheat crop declines

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virgina's 2010 wheat crop is expected to decline by 9 percent from last year's production.

The National Agriculture Statistics Services predicts wheat production in Virginia to total 11 million bushels. The state produced 12.2 million bushels in 2009.

The agency's initial season forecast says 175,000 acres of wheat, with an average yield of 63 bushels per acre, are expected to be harvested this year.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the majority of the state's wheat crop was in fair to condition as of early May.

N. Dakota corn estimates down

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The Agriculture Department has lowered corn production estimates in the Dakotas for last year after resurveying some farmers affected by the weather-delayed fall harvest.

North Dakota's 2009 production is now estimated at 200.1 million bushels, a drop of about 4 percent from the estimate released in early January.

South Dakota's production is pegged at 706.7 million bushels, down about 2 percent from the earlier estimate.

The revisions reduced the U.S. corn production total only slightly, from 13.2 billion bushels to 13.1 billion.

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