As of Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Wheat stocks stored up from 2014
All wheat stored in all positions on Dec. 1, 2015, totaled 55.5 million bushels in Idaho, up from 50.1 million bushels a year ago, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Off-farm stocks were up 6 percent, while on-farm stocks were up 18 percent compared to the previous year. In Oregon, wheat stored in all positions totaled 29.6 million bushels, down from 29.8 million bushels a year ago. Off-farm stocks were up 17 percent, while on-farm stocks were down 49 percent compared to the previous year.
Barley stocks in all positions on Dec. 1, 2015, totaled 40.3 million bushels in Idaho, up from 39.4 million bushels a year ago. Off-farm stocks were up 7 percent, while on-farm stocks were down 2 percent compared to the previous year.
Winter wheat seedings in the NW up 2 percent
Idaho growers seeded 780,000 acres of winter wheat for the 2016 crop, up 4 percent from 2015, and unchanged from the 2014 crop, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Nationally, planted area for harvest in 2016 is estimated at 36.6 million acres, down 7 percent from the 2015 crop and 14 percent below 2014. Seeding began in early September and remained at or behind the five-year average seeding pace through the middle of November when seeding was mostly complete.
Hard Red Winter (HRW) wheat seeded area is expected to be 26.5 million acres, down 9 percent from 2015. Planted acreage is down from last year across most of the growing region.
Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat seeded area is about 6.72 million acres, down 5 percent from last year. Acreage decreases from last year are estimated in most southern SRW growing states, while most of the states in the northern half of the region seeded more acres than in 2015.
White Winter wheat seeded area total nearly 3.43 million acres, up 1 percent from 2015. Planting in the Pacific Northwest got off to a normal start, but by the middle of October, progress was behind the five-year average pace in Idaho and Washington. By Nov. 9, seeding was virtually complete in the region.