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More Ark. rice, cotton, soybeans, sorghum expected

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More acres of rice, cotton, sorghum and soybeans are expected to be planted in Arkansas this year while less corn and winter wheat is forecast.

A report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service predicts rice acreage will increase from just more than 1 million acres in 2013 to more than 1.5 million acres this year and soybean planting is expected to rise from 3.25 million acres to 3.35 million. Cotton acreage is forecast to increase from 310,000 acres to 340,000 and sorghum planting is estimated to go from 130,000 acres to 140,000.

Winter wheat planting is forecast to drop from 680,000 acres to 440,000 and corn acreage is expected to fall from 880,000 to 600,000.

Sweet potato plantings are forecast to remain at about 4,000 acres statewide in 2014.

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