U.S. Wheat Production Seeks Supply–Demand Equilibrium
USDA’s Jan. 12 winter wheat seeding report shows farmers cut back on hard red winter (HRW) and soft red winter (SRW) seedings for 2016/2017. These classes face competitive headwinds from an ample global wheat supply and a strong U.S. dollar, says Stephanie Bryant-Erdmann, market analyst, U.S. Wheat Associates.
HRW plantings fell 8% in Kansas and 14% in Nebraska from 2015. Rain delays during harvest and low prices at seeding contributed to the lower plantings, Erdmann says.
SRW seedings declined in Southern states, but increased in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin to partially offset the loss.
Despite a slower than average planting pace, white wheat planted area increased. Idaho, Oregon and Washington, which produce nearly all of the U.S. exportable white wheat, are in the third year of drought conditions. Heavy rains in December brought much needed precipitation to the region but not enough to end the drought.
Durum wheat seedings in Arizona and California were down 33% from this past year, but no major problems in the development of the crop have been reported. Favorable planting conditions were reported in the San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley.
Farmers Receive Hands-On Training at New Innovation Center
A new Innovation Center at the Wheat Growers’ Bath facility in Aberdeen, S.D., will help farmers learn first-hand about precision ag tools and offer trainings. The Dakota-area co-op designed the 36,000-sq.-ft. facility with four distinct sections.
The Innovation Showroom promotes technology education, such as software and hardware demonstrations and displays and new communication tools. A Demonstration Theater showcases new equipment and hardware for planters, tractors and other equipment. It has stadium seating for approximately 50 people and live video-streaming to other facilities. The Equipment Modification Shop offers internal repairs and maintenance on equipment, including fertilizer attachments, precision hardware, seed meters, pumps and planting hardware. The Wheat Growers Parts Store brings together the entire Wheat Growers’ parts inventory into a well-managed store run by professional parts experts.