Wheat plantings across the Northwest look to be higher than this time last year.
USDA estimates that 2.23 million acres of wheat have been planted in Washington for 2018, a 2% increase from last year. Winter wheat planted acres are expected to total 1.70 million acres for this year, unchanged from 2017. Spring wheat acres planted are estimated at 530,000 acres, up 7% from last year.
As far as Oregon is concerned, an estimated 790,000 acres of wheat will be in the ground for 2018, up 2% percent from 2017. Winter wheat accounted for 720,000 acres, up 3% from 2017. Spring wheat planted is estimated at 70,000 acres, down 7 % from a year ago.
Wheat producers in Idaho, are expect to plant 1.24 million acres of wheat for harvest this year, up 6% year over year. Winter wheat acres planted are estimated at 780,000 acres, up 8% from last year. Planted acres of Durum wheat in Idaho, are estimated at 20,000 for 2018, down 20 percent from the previous year. Spring wheat planted acres, excluding Durum, are expected to total 440,000 acres, up 5 percent from last year.
Nationally, all planted wheat acres are expected to total 47.3 million acres, up 3 percent from 2017. Winter wheat acres are estimated at 32.7 million acres, up slightly from 2017. Durum wheat planted acres in the United States for 2018 are estimated at 2.00 million acres, down 13 percent from the previous year. All other spring wheat is estimated at 12.6 million planted acres, up 15 percent from 2017.
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