BISMARCK — North Dakota spring wheat producers intend to plant 5.40 million acres, down 10 percent from 2016, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area planted to durum wheat is expected to total 1.15 million acres, down 21 percent from last year. Winter wheat acres seeded last fall totaled 65 thousand acres, down 50 percent from last year.
Barley producers intend to plant 470 thousand acres, down 36 percent from last year. Oat intentions are estimated at 220 thousand acres, down 24 percent from last year. Flaxseed planted acreage is expected to total 285 thousand acres, down 15 percent from last year.
Sugarbeet growers expect to plant 206 thousand acres, down 3 percent from last year. North Dakota corn growers intend to plant 3.30 million acres this year, down 4 percent from 2016.
Soybean planted acreage is expected to be 6.90 million acres, up 14 percent from last year, and is a record high. All dry edible bean acreage intentions are estimated at 620 thousand acres, down 1 percent from 2016. All dry edible bean acreage estimate includes chickpea acreage estimates.
Canola planted acreage is expected to be 1.50 million acres, up 3 percent from last year, and is a record high. Sunflower producers expect to plant 530 thousand acres, down 23 percent from 2016. Oil type varieties account for 380 thousand acres, down 40 percent from a year ago. Non-oil varieties made up the balance at 150 thousand acres, up 159 percent.
Dry edible pea planting intentions are estimated at 500 thousand acres, down 11 percent from the last year. Lentil intentions are estimated at 300 thousand acres, down 2 percent from last year. All chickpea planted acreage intentions are estimated at 19 thousand acres, up 44 percent from last year, and ties the previous record high in 2001. Large chickpea account for 15 thousand acres, up 60 percent from last year, and is a record high. Small chickpea made up the balance at 4,000 acres, up 5 percent from last year.
Estimates in this report are based on a survey conducted during the first two weeks of March.
USDA-NASS suspended potato planting estimates last year.
Find agricultural statistics for your county, State, and the Nation at www.nass.usda.gov.
— Northern Plains Potato Growers Association
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