Winter wheat seeded area up 4%

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — U.S. winter wheat seeded in 2007 for harvest in 2008 was expected to total 46,610,000 acres, up 1,623,000 acres, or 4%, from 44,987,000 acres seeded a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its annual Winter Wheat Seedings report. The estimate was at the low end of trade expectations that averaged 48.7 million acres. Area for hard red winter wheat seedings was estimated at 32.5 million acres, down 1% from 32.9 million seeded in 2006, soft red winter at 10.5 million acres, up 21% from 8.65 million, and white winter at 3.65 million acres, up 7% from 3.4 million. Durum seedings in Arizona and California were 280,000 acres, up 70% from a year earlier. Hard red seedings were limited by the dry fall, the U.S.D.A. said. Area in Kansas was down 500,000 acres from the previous year, Oklahoma and Texas both down 200,000 acres.

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