NASS predicts 2 percent increase in 2018 Washington wheat acreage

From NASS

Washington state is estimated to have 2.23 million total acres planted to wheat in 2018, up 2 percent from last year. Winter wheat planted acres are expected to total 1.7 million acres for this year, unchanged from 2017. Spring wheat acres planted are estimated at 530,000 acres, up 7 percent from last year.

Wheat producers in Idaho expect to plant 1.24 million acres of wheat for harvest this year, up 6 percent from 2017. Winter wheat acres planted are estimated at 780,000 acres, up 8 percent 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.

Total acres planted to wheat in Oregon are estimated at 790,000 acres for 2018, up 2 percent from 2017. Winter wheat accounted for 720,000 acres, up 3 percent from 2017. Other spring wheat planted is estimated at 70,000 acres, down 7 percent from a year ago.

Nationally, all planted wheat acres are expected to total 47.339 million acres, up 3 percent from 2017. However, this represents the second lowest all wheat planted area on record since records began in 1919. The 2018 winter wheat planted area, at 32.7 million acres, is up slightly from both last year and the previous estimate. Of this total, about 23.2 million acres are hard red winter; 5.85 million acres are soft red winter; and 3.64 million acres are white winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2018 is estimated at 12.6 million acres, up 15 percent from 2017. Of this total, about 12.1 million acres are hard red spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2018 is estimated at 2 million acres, down 13 percent from the previous year.

In Washington state, acres planted to barley are estimated at 105,000 acres, up 11 percent from the previous year. Acres planted to barley in Idaho for 2018 are estimated at 560,000 acres, up 6 percent from 2017. Oregon barley growers are expected to seed 35,000 acres, down 26 percent from last year. Total barley planted acres in the U.S. is estimated at 2.286 million acres for 2018, down 8 percent from 2017.