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Idaho wheat producers expect to plant 1.24 million acres this year; up 6 percent from 2017

Prospective plantings for 2018

A field of wheat pictured in August near Fairview Cemetery on Lukes Gulch Road.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
A field of wheat pictured in August near Fairview Cemetery on Lukes Gulch Road.



Wheat producers in Idaho expect to plant 1.24 million acres of wheat for harvest this year, up 6 percent from 2017.

Winter wheat acres planted are estimated at 780,000 acres, up 8 percent from last year. Planted acres of Durum wheat in Idaho, are estimated at 20,000 for 2018, down 20 percent from the previous year. Spring wheat planted acres, excluding Durum, are expected to total 440,000 acres, up 5 percent from last year.

Total acres planted to wheat in Oregon are estimated at 790,000 acres for 2018, up 2 percent from 2017. Winter wheat accounted for 720,000 acres, up 3 percent from 2017. Other spring wheat planted is estimated at 70,000 acres, down 7 percent from a year ago.

Washington is estimated to have 2.23 million total acres planted to wheat in 2018, up 2 percent from last year. Winter wheat planted acres are expected to total 1.70 million acres for this year, unchanged from 2017. Spring wheat acres planted are estimated at 530,000 acres, up 7 percent from last year.

Nationally, all planted wheat acres are expected to total 47.3 million acres, up 3 percent from 2017. Winter wheat acres are estimated at 32.7 million acres, up slightly from 2017. Durum wheat planted acres in the United States for 2018 are estimated at 2.00 million acres, down 13 percent from the previous year. All other spring wheat is estimated at 12.6 million planted acres, up 15 percent from 2017.

Barley

Acres planted to barley in Idaho for 2018 are estimated at 560,000 acres, up 6 percent from 2017. Oregon barley growers are expected to seed 35,000 acres, down 26 percent from last year. In Washington, acres planted to barley are estimated at 105,000 acres, up 11 percent from the previous year. Total barley planted acres in the United States is estimated at 2.29 million acres for 2018, down 8 percent from 2017.



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