Winter cereal acres up in North Dakota and Minnesota


USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service this morning reported acreage in North Dakota was up by 75 percent to 700,000 acres.

“Growers were likely most influenced by the record number of prevent plant acres they experienced this year and several other factors that were favorable for planting winter wheat,” said Blake Vander Vorst, Ducks Unlimited senior agronomist. “When the weather finally turned dry in late summer, some of the fields dried out and the timing was right for planting winter wheat.”

Producers were encouraged to plant more acres because of the crop’s benefits of workload spreading, higher yields and profitability. Winter wheat also helps growers to build their overall crop insurance proven yield for wheat. Federal crop insurance considers hard red spring wheat and winter wheat as one crop for crop insurance purposes in North Dakota and in some South Dakota counties.

NASS yield data for North Dakota for the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011 reports winter wheat had a 19 percent yield advantage over spring wheat and a 1 percent to 30 percent yield advantage on any given year. Growers who work with DU commonly indicate a 20 percent to 30 percent increase over spring wheat and up to a 50 percent increase in years that are drier and warmer than normal.

Source: Ducks Unlimited