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State Winter Wheat Seeding Down 30,000 Acres
South Dakota Ag Connection - 02/11/2019

Winter wheat seeded area for 2019 is estimated at 800,000 acres, down from last year's seeded area of 830,000 acres, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

U.S. winter wheat seeded area for 2019 is expected to total 31.3 million acres, down 4 percent from 2018. Approximate class acreage breakdowns are: Hard Red Winter, 22.2 million; Soft Red Winter, 5.66 million; and White Winter, 3.44 million.

Winter wheat: Planted area for harvest in 2019 is estimated at 31.3 million acres, down 4 percent from 2018 and down 4 percent from 2017. This represents the second lowest United States acreage on record. Seedings, which began in early September, fell behind the 5-year average seeding pace in early October and remained behind the 5-year average seeding pace for the duration of the planting season. Seeding was mostly complete by November 11.

Hard Red Winter (HRW) wheat seeded area is expected to total 22.2 million acres, down 3 percent from 2018. Planted acreage is down from last year across most of the growing region. The largest declines in planted acreage are estimated in California, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Record low acreage was seeded in Nebraska.

Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat seeded area totals 5.66 million acres, down 7 percent from last year. Acreage decreases are expected from last year in most of the SRW growing States, while increases are expected in Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. Record low acreage was seeded in New Jersey, Ohio, and West Virginia.

White Winter wheat seeded area totals 3.44 million acres, down 3 percent from 2018. Planting in the Pacific Northwest got off to a normal start, compared to the 5-year average pace, and remained near average throughout the planting season. By November 4, seeding was virtually complete in the region.

Durum wheat: Seedings in Arizona and California for 2019 harvest are estimated at a combined 88,000 acres, down 21 percent from 2018 and 30 percent below 2017.

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