GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – The U.S. Agriculture Department predicts Colorado farmers will plant more corn, wheat and sugar beets this year and fewer dry beans.

The Greeley Tribune reported Saturday that Colorado is expected to have 49,000 acres of dry beans this year, down about 30 percent from 70,000 last year.

Nationwide, dry bean acreage is forecast to be down 32 percent to 1.3 million acres.

Colorado farmers are expected to plan 1.37 million acres of corn, up 3 percent. Nationwide, the expected corn acreage would be the second largest since 1944.

USDA statistics indicate Weld County is the top-producing county in Colorado agriculture, with $1.54 billion annual income.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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