Earlier today, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their prospective planting report. For wheat, all wheat planted area for 2016 is estimated at 49.6 million acres, down 9 percent from 2015. The 2016 winter wheat planted area, at 36.2 million acres, is down 8 percent from last year and down 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 26.2 million acres are hard red winter; 6.60 million acres are soft red winter; and 3.37 million acres are white winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2016 is estimated at 11.3 million acres, down 14 percent from 2015. Of this total, about 10.7 million acres are hard red spring wheat. The intended durum planted area for 2016 is estimated at 2 million acres, up 3 percent from the previous year.
Barley planted in Washington state: 2014-115,000 acres; 2015-110,000 acres and 2016-125,000 acres, a 114 percent increase from 2015.
All wheat planted in Washington state: 2014-2,320,000 acres; 2015-2,280,000 acres and 2016-2,180,000 acres, a 4 percent decrease from 2015.
In other comments, NASS noted that in winter wheat, the 2016 planted area is estimated at 36.2 million acres, down 8 percent from 2015 and down 1 percent from the previous estimate. States with notable acreage decreases from the previous year are Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas, while notable increases
occurred in the Great Lakes region. Record low acreage is estimated for Nebraska, New Jersey and Utah. Of the total acreage, about 26.2 million acres are hard red winter; 6.60 million acres are soft red winter; and 3.37 million acres are white winter.
Looking at other spring wheat, growers intend to plant 11.3 million acres, down
14 percent from 2015. If realized, this will represent the lowest U.S. acreage since 1972. Of the total, about 10.7 million acres are hard red spring wheat. Compared with last year, acreage increases are expected in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. Acreage decreases are expected in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington. If realized, planted acres will be a record low in Colorado.
The prospective planting report is here.