Winter wheat seeded area for 2013 is expected to total 41.8 million acres, up 1 percent from 2012. Approximate class acreage breakdowns are: Hard Red Winter, 29.1 million; Soft Red Winter, 9.42 million; and White Winter, 3.27 million.
Winter wheat: Planted area for harvest in 2013 is estimated at 41.8 million acres, up 1 percent from 2012 and 3 percent above 2011. Seeding began last August but by the middle of September was behind the 5-year average as producers waited for improved soil moisture levels. However, by the end of October, seeding had progressed ahead of last year and the 5-year average. More acres were seeded this year due to the early row crop harvest and higher prices.
Hard Red Winter (HRW) wheat seeded area is about 29.1 million acres, down 2 percent from 2012. Acreage changes from last year are mixed across thegrowing region. Growers in Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas planted significantly more acres this year while large acreage decreases occurred in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, and the Dakotas. Widespread drought conditions and lack of moisture continues to be a concern across much of the HRW growing area.
Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat seeded area is about 9.42 million acres, up 16 percent from last year. Increases from last year are estimated in most SRW growing States with North Carolina producers seeding a record high area.
White Winter wheat seeded area totals nearly 3.27 million acres, down 2 percent from 2012. Planted acreage in the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) is down from last year. Planting got off to an average start but by the middle of October was behind the 5-year average in all three States. By November 13, seeding was virtually complete in the region.
Durum wheat: Seedings in Arizona and California for 2013 harvest are estimated at 170,000 acres, down 31 percent from 2012 and 15 percent below 2011. Planting has progressed well in both the San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley. No major problems with the crop have been reported.