U.S.D.A Anticipates 2017 Wheat Area to Hit Low since 1919

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In the annual Acreage report on the 30th of June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture presented a disturbing fact that the estimated harvest in the United States this year will be at 45,657, 000 acres. The anticipated number went below 402,000 the earlier estimate that the producers had intended to plant and had designated in the Prospective Plantings report which was issued in March this year. The planted area in 2017 was 4,497,000 acres which is 9% lower than the planted area of 2016 which was 50.154,000 acres and was also the minutest what area since 1919.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasted the all-wheat area harvested in 2017 to be at 38,115,000 acres, low at 5,775,000 acres or below 13% from the 2016 harvested area of 43,890,000 acres. This pointe out an abandonment rate of 16.5% in 2017 in comparison to the 12.5% of 2016. It also estimated the planted area of spring wheat leaving out durum to be at 10,899,000 acres in comparison with the March forecast which was based on the intentions of the producers to plant 11,308,000 acres. The area planted in favor of other spring wheat was at 706,000 acres which was 6% lower than 11,605,000 acres of 2016. It was also the lowest wheat area as compares to the one of 1972.

In a commentary while presenting the acreage data, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that the planted area in the larges spring wheat harvesting state, North Dakota, is likely to be at 5.25 million acres, at a low of 13% from 2016. Further decline of harvested land has also been witnessed in other states of the U.S.

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