The first production forecast of the year for the state's summer-growing crops shows an increase in cotton, soybeans, grain sorghum and peanuts over last year's production according to the Oklahoma Agricultural Statistics Service.

With the reduction of wheat acreage, many farmers are growing alternative crops.

Average yield per acre is above 2000 for sorghum, soybeans and peanuts.

Wheat production is estimated at 125.4 million bushels, up 3% from last month, but 12% below last year. An average yield of 33 bushels is expected from 3.8 million harvested acres.

Production of corn for grain if forecast at 29.9 million bushels, down 21% from 2000. An average yield of 130 bushels is expected from 230,000 harvested acres.

Cotton production is forecast at 200,000 bales, up 32% from last year. A yield of 480 pounds is expected from 200,000 harvested acres.

Production of grain sorghum is forecast at 17.64 million bushels, up 29% from 2000. An average yield of 42 bushels is expected from 420,000 harvested acres.

Peanut production is forecast at 176 million pounds, up 46% from last year. An average yield of 2,200 pounds is expected from 80,000 harvested acres.

Soybean production is forecast at 7 million bushels, up 51% from 2000. An average yield of 20 bushels is expected from 350,000 harvested acres.

Production of all hay is forecast at 3.61 million tons, down 26% from last year. Alfalfa production, at 748,000 tons, is down 31% from 2000. Production of all other hay is forecast at 2.86 million tons, down 24% from last year.

Peach production is forecast at 12 million pounds, down 14% from a year earlier.

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