Slightly More US Winter Wheat Acres than Expected

US producers planted slightly more winter wheat this past fall than expected, although total acreage continues to remain low on a historical basis.

A USDA winter wheat seedings report released Tuesday pegged nationwide winter wheat area for harvest this summer at 31.99 million acres, up about 5% from a year earlier and slightly above the average pre-report trade guess of 31.52 million. However, it still represents the fourth lowest US winter wheat area on record.

An estimated 22.3 million acres of this year’s total winter wheat area was planted to Hard Red Winter, up 4% from a year earlier, while 6.23 million acres were seeded to Soft Red, an increase of 12%.

In the largest Hard Red Winter state of Kansas, producers planted an estimated 7.3 million acres to wheat, up a major 700,000 acres or 11% from a year earlier. Oklahoma farmers increased wheat planted area by 1% to 4.3 million acres, while those in Texas reduced planted area by 2% to 4.8 million.

Soft Red producers in Michigan planted an estimated 580,000 acres, an 18% jump from the 490,000 acres seeded for harvest in 2020. On the other hand, Soft Red producers in Ohio trimmed planted area in that state by 6% or 30,000 acres to 500,000.

The largest increases in Hard Red Winter area are expected in Kansas, Montana, and North Dakota, while the largest decreases are estimated in Nebraska and Texas. Record low acreage was seeded in Nebraska and Utah.

Compared with last year, the largest acreage increases for Soft Red are expected in Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, while the largest acreage decreases are expected in Georgia, Maryland, and Ohio.

White Winter wheat seeded area for 2020 is estimated at 3.48 million acres, down less than 1% from 2020.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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