Second Lowest Winter Wheat Area



WASHINGTON - Jan 12/18 - SNS -- Planted area for harvest in 2018 is estimated at 32.6 million acres, down less than 1% from 2017 and down 10% from 2016, according to the USDA.

This represents the second lowest United States acreage on record. Seedings, which began in early September, remained behind the 5-year average seeding pace through early November when seeding was mostly complete.

Hard Red Winter (HRW) wheat seeded area is expected to total 23.1 million acres, down 2% from 2017. Planted acreage is down from last year across most of the growing region. The largest declines in planted acreage are estimated in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Record low acreage was seeded in Nebraska and Utah.

Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat seeded area totals 5.98 million acres, up 4% from last year. Acreage increases are expected from last year in most of the SRW growing States, while decreases are expected in the Delta Region, most Northeastern States, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Record low acreage was seeded in Louisiana, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

White Winter wheat seeded area totals 3.56 million acres, up 1% from 2017. Planting in the Pacific Northwest got off to a normal start, but progress was behind the 5-year average pace in Washington throughout the planting season. By November 5, seeding was virtually complete in the region.

Winter Wheat Area Seeded - United States: 2016-2018 (Domestic Units)
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               :                 Crop year                  :     2018
      Crop     :--------------------------------------------: as a percent
               :     2016     :     2017     :     2018     :   of 2017
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               : 1,000 acres    1,000 acres    1,000 acres      percent
               :
Winter wheat ..:    36,152         32,696         32,608          100
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Winter Wheat Area Seeded - United States: 2016-2018 (Metric Units)
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               :                 Crop year                  :     2018
      Crop     :--------------------------------------------: as a percent
               :     2016     :     2017     :     2018     :   of 2017
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               :   hectares       hectares       hectares       percent
               :
Winter wheat ..:  14,630,350     13,231,740     13,196,130        100
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Winter Wheat Area Seeded - States and United States: 2016-2018
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                :                    Crop year                     :      2018
      State     :--------------------------------------------------:  as a percent
                :      2016      :      2017      :      2018      :    of 2017
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                :  1,000 acres      1,000 acres      1,000 acres        percent
                :
Alabama ........:        230              150              190            127
Arizona ........:         14               25               17             68
Arkansas .......:        195              200              170             85
California .....:        425              385              340             88
Colorado .......:      2,350            2,250            2,150             96
Delaware .......:         70               75               60             80
Florida ........:         25               20               30            150
Georgia ........:        180              160              210            131
Idaho ..........:        770              720              730            101
Illinois .......:        520              500              530            106
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Indiana ........:        330              290              330            114
Iowa ...........:         25               16               20            125
Kansas .........:      8,500            7,600            7,800            103
Kentucky .......:        510              480              460             96
Louisiana ......:         25               20               15             75
Maryland .......:        360              410              410            100
Michigan .......:        610              480              530            110
Minnesota ......:         11               10               11            110
Mississippi ....:         65               45               35             78
Missouri .......:        690              640              690            108
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Montana ........:      2,250            1,750            1,550             89
Nebraska .......:      1,370            1,120            1,030             92
Nevada .........:         10               14                9             64
New Jersey .....:         25               23               19             83
New Mexico .....:        345              330              340            103
New York .......:        120              140              130             93
North Carolina .:        420              450              460            102
North Dakota ...:        130               70               90            129
Ohio ...........:        580              460              530            115
Oklahoma .......:      5,000            4,500            4,100             91
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Oregon .........:        720              700              710            101
Pennsylvania ...:        190              210              180             86
South Carolina .:         60               90               60             67
South Dakota ...:      1,180              910              850             93
Tennessee ......:        400              370              360             97
Texas ..........:      5,000            4,700            5,000            106
Utah ...........:        120              120              120            100
Virginia .......:        210              210              230            110
Washington .....:      1,700            1,700            1,700            100
West Virginia ..:          7                8                7             88
Wisconsin ......:        270              210              260            124
Wyoming ........:        140              135              145            107
                :
United States ..:     36,152           32,696           32,608            100
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