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Wheat Seedings in the Northwest up slightly from last year; United States planted acres down slightly from last year

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Idaho growers seeded 730,000 acres of winter wheat for the 2018 crop, up 1 percent from 2017, but down 5 percent from the 2016 crop.

Oregon farmers planted 710,000 acres, up 1 percent from the 2017 crop and down 1 percent from 2016. Washington winter wheat growers seeded an estimated 1.70 million acres of winter wheat for harvest in 2018. This is unchanged from the area seeded in 2017 and 2016.

Nationally, planted area for harvest in 2018 is estimated at 32.6 million acres, down slightly from the 2017 crop and down 10 percent from 2016. This represents the second lowest United States acreage on record. Seeding, which began in early September, remained behind the 5-year average seeding pace through early November when seeding was mostly complete.

Hard Red Winter (HRW) wheat seeded area is expected to total 23.1 million acres, down 2 percent from 2017. Planted acreage is down from last year across most of the growing region. The largest declines in planted acreage are estimated in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Record low acreage was seeded in Nebraska and Utah.

Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat seeded area totals 5.98 million acres, up 4 percent from last year. Acreage increases are expected from last year in most of the SRW growing States, while decreases are expected in the Delta Region, most Northeastern States, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Record low acreage was seeded in Louisiana, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

White Winter wheat seeded area totals 3.56 million acres, up 1 percent from 2017. Planting in the Pacific Northwest got off to a normal start, but progress was behind the 5-year average pace in Washington throughout the planting season. By November 5, seeding was virtually complete in the region.


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