Where Have the Acres Gone?


The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service released their acreage report on June 30th.  Overall, the all wheat planted area is estimated at 54.3 million acres, down 8 percent from 2009. This is the lowest United States total since 1971.  How did our region compare?


While Montana (- 450,000 acres), North Dakota (- 240,000 acres) and South Dakota (- 450,000 acres) saw pretty substantial decreases in their winter wheat acreages, Wyoming (+ 10,000 acres) saw a slight increase.


Montana (+ 400,000 acres) and North Dakota (+ 250,000 acres) made up for some of the lost winter wheat acreage with spring wheat, South Dakota (- 100,000 acres) lost some ground there as well.


Montana (+ 70,000 acres) and North Dakota (+ 150,000 acres) both saw big moves upward in durum acreage while South Dakota (- 1,000 acres) didn’t budge much from last year.

Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming all planted fewer barley acres in 2010 than in 2009. 

Sugarbeet acreage, although down slightly in Wyoming (- 1,900 acres) was higher in Montana (+ 4,300 acres) and North Dakota (+ 3,000 acres).

Although canola numbers are still small in Montana, the acreage more than tripled.  In 2009, 6,100 acres were planted to canola.  In 2010, that number jumped to 21,000 acres.  Canola in North Dakota also made a big move from 730,000 acres in 2009 to 1,350,000 in 2010.

For more on the USDA’s June 30 acreage report, CLICK HERE.


Posted by Haylie Shipp.



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