Winter wheat acres up 9%

by Jay Sjerven
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WASHINGTON — The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 12 estimated winter wheat area planted for harvest in 2007 at 44,089,000 acres, up 3,514,000 acres, or 9%, from 40,575,000 acres a year ago. It was largest winter wheat area since 45,384,000 in 2003 and compared with 42.3 million acres as the recent five-year average. The average pre-report trade estimate was 44.2 million acres. Acreage of hard red winter wheat was estimated by the U.S.D.A. at 31.9 million acres, up 9% from last year. Soft red winter plantings were 8.33 million acres, up 13% from last year. White winter wheat planted area was estimated at 3.91 million acres, up 2% from 2006.

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