Va. corn plantings expected to be down slightly

FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo a central Illinois corn and soybean farmer cultivates his field for spring planting in Waverly, Ill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its annual forecast released Monday, March 31, 2014 the number of acres devoted to corn is expected to shrink about 4 percent this year as farmers devote more of their land to soybeans. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo a central Illinois corn and soybean farmer cultivates his field for spring planting in Waverly, Ill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its annual forecast released Monday, March 31, 2014 the number of acres devoted to corn is expected to shrink about 4 percent this year as farmers devote more of their land to soybeans. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia corn producers plan to reduce their plantings slightly this year.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says corn plantings this year are expected to be 500,000 acres, down from 510,000 a year ago.

Producers expect no change to the 600,000 acres planted for soybeans. They also expect a 5 percent increase in acres used for cotton plantings and a 13 percent increase in peanut plantings.

The department says the size of winter wheat crops fell 9 percent to 290,000 acres.

 

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