With planting in the South likely to begin in February, “any perceived shortage for one crop or the other can have an impact on ‘swing’ acres,” North said.
Winter Wheat Seedings
U.S. farmers planted about 40.93 million acres of winter wheat for harvest in 2012, according to the Reuters survey, up 0.7 percent from 40.65 million acres in 2011.
Much of the expected increase stems from higher hard red winter wheat plantings in Kansas and other Plains states. Hard red winter wheat seedings are expected to rise 3.4 percent to 29.44 million acres.
Winter wheat production “took a real hit’ in the Plains last year, and the crop this year may produce a below-normal harvest as well, Doane said.
“However, key growing areas in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas got some much needed moisture at planting time in the fall and, with a little help this spring, yields could be higher this summer,” Doane said in a report.