According to NASS, wheat plantings increased 3% across the Pacific Northwest this year, while acres planted nationwide increased 2%.
Idaho growers planted 760,000 acres of winter wheat for the 2022 crop, up 7% from 2021, and 6% above the 2020 crop. Oregon farmers increased their winter wheat acreage by 1% to 730,000 acres for the 2022 season. However, the numbers is down 1% from 2020 numbers. And in Washington, winter wheat acreage hit 1.8 million, up 3% from last year, but the same as 2020’s crop.
Nationwide, Hard Red Winter wheat acreage is expected to top out at 23.8 million, up 1% from 2021. Planted acreage is up from last year across most of the growing region. The largest increases in planted acreage are estimated in Kansas and Texas, while the largest decreases are estimated in Colorado and New Mexico.
Meanwhile, Soft Red Winter wheat acreage is expected to total 7.07 million acres, up 6% from last year. The largest acreage increases are expected in Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio, while the largest acreage decreases are expected in Maryland and Michigan.
White Winter wheat seeded area totals 3.56 million acres, up 2% from 2021. Planting in Idaho and Washington was ahead of the five-year average throughout most of the planting process. Seeding was virtually complete in the region by early November.
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