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Winter Wheat Seedings: Acreage Slips 5 Percent

17:21PM Jan 12, 2015

Planted Acres Down 5 Percent

Winter wheat seeded area for 2015 is expected to total 40.5 million acres, down 5 percent from 2014. Approximate class acreage breakdowns are: Hard Red Winter, 29.5 million; Soft Red Winter, 7.50 million; and White Winter, 3.48 million.

Winter wheat: Planted area for harvest in 2015 is estimated at 40.5 million acres, down 5 percent from 2014 and 6 percent below 2013. Seeding began in August and by the end of September was well ahead the 5-year average pace. By the middle of November, seeding was mostly complete.

Hard Red Winter (HRW) wheat seeded area is expected to be 29.5 million acres, down 3 percent from 2014. Acreage changes from last year are mixed across the growing region. Growers in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas planted significantly less acreage this year while large acreage increases are estimated in Nebraska and South Dakota. Record low acreage was seeded in Utah. By November 23, Hard Red Winter wheat conditions were varied across States from last year with most acreage rated in fair to good condition.

Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat seeded area is about 7.50 million acres, down 12 percent from last year. Acreage decreases from last year are expected in most SRW growing States with significant acreage decreases estimated in Illinois and Missouri. White Winter wheat seeded area totals nearly 3.48 million acres, up 2 percent from 2014. Planted acreage in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, and Washington) are up from last year. Planting got off to a normal start but by the middle of October progress was behind the 5-year average pace in Idaho and Washington. By November 9, seeding was virtually complete in the region.

Durum wheat: Seedings in Arizona and California for 2015 harvest are estimated at 155,000 acres, up 44 percent from 2014 and 7 percent above 2013. Water allocation for the crop in the Imperial Valley was greatly reduced over the past year. Nonetheless, no major problems in the development of the crop have been reported. Planting has progressed well for both the San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley.