Thursday, April 1, 2010

Idaho Wheat Plantings Projected Higher

The recent NASS report showed that all wheat planted in Idaho is expected to total 1.38 million acres, up 5 percent from last year. Spring wheat plantings are expected to be 580,000 acres, 5 percent more than last year.

Winter wheat seedings, at 780,000 acres, increased 5 percent from the 2009 crop. Durum wheat seedings are expected to total 20,000 acres, unchanged from 2009.

Nationally, wheat producers intend to plant 53.8 million acres for the 2010 crop year, down 9 percent from the previous year. The 2010 winter wheat planted area is estimated at 37.7 million acres, down 13 percent from 2009 but up 2 percent from the winter Wheat Seedings report.

Spring wheat growers intend to plant 13.9 million acres this year, up 5 percent from 2009.

Idaho Grain Stocks

March 1, 2010 stocks of all wheat stored in all positions totaled 39.9 million bushels, up 19 percent from last year’s 33.4 million bushels. According to the NASS survey, on-farm storage was estimated at 17.5 million bushels, up from last year’s 12.0 million bushels. Off-farm stocks, including stocks at mills, elevators, warehouses, terminals and processors was estimated at 22.4 million bu shells, up 5 percent from March 1, 2009.

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