Planted acres for all wheat in Idaho are estimated at 1.28 million acres, down 13 percent from 2011, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acres to be harvested for all wheat are expected at 1.22 million acres, down from 1.40 million acres the previous year. Idaho’s spring wheat seedings, at 480,000 acres, are down 25 percent from the 640,000 acres planted in 2011. Harvested acreage is set at 460,000 acres, a decrease of 160,000 acres from last year. Winter wheat seedings of 780,000 acres decreased 5 percent from the previous year. Harvested acres are expected to total 740,000 acres, down 30,000 acres from 2011. Area planted to durum wheat is up 36 percent from last year at 15,000 acres, with 15,000 acres also expected to be harvested for grain.
The Idaho Wheat Commission is a quasi-state agency established in 1959 by the Idaho Grain Growers Association. The IWC was created to help maximize profitability for Idaho wheat producers by investing funds in market development, research, and information and education.