Accumulated crop acreage for 2000 is down 5% from last year, according to the Oklahoma Agricultural Statistics Service.

Acreage for wheat, corn, oats, soybeans and hay is expected to decrease from 1999, while acreage for cotton, sorghum, and peanuts is expected to increase.

Results are based on a March 1 probability survey obtained from over 2,000 Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.

U.S. corn plantings are estimated at 77.9 million acres, up 1% from 1999.

Soybean growers intend to plant 74.9 million acres, up 1% from last year.

Sorghum prospective plantings, at 8.98 million acres, are down 3% from a year ago.

Expected cotton plantings at 15.6 million acres, are up 5% from 1999. All wheat seedings are estimated at 61.7 million acres, down 2% from 1999.

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