More Oilseed in MT, Fewer WY Sugarbeets


The USDA reported on Thursday in their March 31 Prospective Plantings report that the all wheat planted area in the U.S. is estimated at 58.0 million acres, up 8 percent from 2010.  Corn acreage was reported 5{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} higher with soybean acreage down 1{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.

Below is the breakdown for our region:


In the Big Sky State, it is projected that farmers will plant/have planted 3{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} more wheat than in 2010.  Of that, there is 12{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} more winter wheat, 2{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} less spring wheat and 6{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} less durum.

Montana’s barley acreage is expected to be up 1{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  While no data was given for last year’s chickpea crop, 11,000 acres are expected to be devoted to it this year.  This is a big jump up from the 1,900 acres in 2009.  Montana’s lentil acreage is up 23{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  The canola area planted is expected to be up 43{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} and flaxseed is expected to see 47{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} more acreage.  Sugarbeet acreage is predicted to be up 8{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.


In North Dakota, the USDA expects that farmers will plant 6{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} more wheat this year.  Included in that increase is 3{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} more winter wheat and 11{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} more spring wheat.  Durum, on the other hand, is expected to see an 11{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} decrease in acres.

The USDA also sees an 11{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} increase in canola acreage, a 4{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} increase in lentils and a 5{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} increase in sugarbeet acreage.  On the flip side, dry edible beans are expected to lose 44{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of their acreage.  Sunflower acres are expected to be down 12{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.


As a state, South Dakota is predicted to plant 7{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} more wheat acres in 2011 than they had in 2010.  Durum acres are set to be steady while spring wheat is expected to be down 7{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  The big increase is in the 22{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} more acres of winter wheat.

South Dakota sunflower acres are expected to be up 8{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} with a 17{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} increase in the oil varieties.


In the Cowboy State, the USDA predicts a 15{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} drop in winter wheat acres.  Oats and barley are expected to be on par with 2010.

Dry edible bean acres are expected to be down 24{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  Sugarbeet acreage is forecast to have an 11{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} drop.

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© Northern Ag Network 2011

Haylie Shipp



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