ksal.com
Salina Surgical Hospital
Love Chloe 5k run

Report: Growers Planted Fewer Winter Wheat Acres

Associated Press - January 10, 2014 6:24 pm

A new government ranking shows Kansas no longer leads the nation in wheat production after the drought-plagued 2014 crop.

A new government ranking shows Kansas no longer leads the nation in wheat production after the drought-plagued 2014 crop.

The first government forecast of the growing season shows U.S. farmers planted fewer acres of winter wheat for harvest this year.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that the 41.9 million planted acres are down 2 percent from last year. Seeding for the 2014 winter wheat crop began in August.

Plantings of hard red winter wheat, used to make bread, were estimated to be up 2 percent at 30.1 million acres.

Significantly more hard red wheat acres were seeded in Colorado, Montana and North Dakota. Those helped offset large acreage decreases in Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Utah had a record low acreage, while North Dakota seeded a record high number of wheat acres.

Kansas planted 8.8 million acres of winter wheat, down 7 percent from a year ago.

Western Ad Specialties