North Dakota farmers planted 700,000 acres of winter wheat in September, a 75 percent increase from a year earlier and the most ever, except for a brief spike in 1984 and 1985 when acres ballooned to 750,000.
Still, the acres reported Thursday were a little less than crop watchers expected because of the late spring last year.
WICHITA, Kan. — Wheat prices tumbled Thursday as a government report showed the nation's farmers had planted winter wheat on much more of their land this season amid last year's higher prices and easing drought conditions in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Wheat prices tumbled Thursday as a government report showed the nation's farmers had planted winter wheat on much more of their land this season amid last year's higher prices and easing drought conditions in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
North Dakota State University is part of a new initiative to enhance winter wheat research and education.
NDSU’s partnership with the University of Minnesota, Ducks Unlimited and Bayer CropScience was announced Monday.
The Agriculture Department says in its annual small grains report that production of spring wheat in North Dakota in 2009 stood at 291 million bushels, up 18 percent from last year and the highest since the 1996 crop of 314 million bushels.
Experts say the 2009 winter wheat harvest will be one of the lowest in recent years, potentially leaving the nation with a supply that doesn’t meet demand.
Nationally, the winter wheat harvest is expected to be about 20 percent less this season. Fewer acres were planted nationally, and the problem was heightened by a mixture of floods, untimely freezes and drought in other parts of the nation.
Some North Dakota corn farmers are battling last winter’s snow all over again. Tens of millions of dollars for the state’s farm economy rests on the outcome.The snow that prevented farmers from finishing their corn harvest late last year has now melted, and runoff has flooded fields, making them too soggy to support heavy combines. Instead of planting a new crop this spring, farmers such as Terry McMillan are still waiting to cut down standing stalks and finish last year’s harvest.
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