Some big changes in Dakota cropping patterns are apparently coming.
According to the latest USDA Planting Intentions report, North Dakota farmers intend to plant 5.4 million acres of spring wheat, down 10% from 2016.
Area planted to durum wheat is expected to total 1.15 million acres, down 21% from last year.
Barley producers intend to plant 470,000 acres, down 36% from last year.
Oat intentions are estimated at 220,000 acres, down 24% from last year.
Flaxseed planted acreage is expected to total 285,000 acres, down 15% from last year.
Sugarbeet growers expect to plant 206,000 acres, down 3% from last year.
North Dakota farmers intend to plant 3.30 million acres of corn this year, down 4% from 2016.
All dry edible bean acreage intentions are estimated at 620,000 acres, down 1% from 2016. All dry edible bean acreage estimates include chickpea acreage estimates.
Sunflower producers expect to plant 530,000 acres, down 23% from 2016. Oil-type varieties account for 380,000 acres, down 40% from a year ago. Non-oil varieties made up the balance at 150,000 acres, up 159%.
Dry edible pea planting intentions are estimated at 500,000 acres, down 11% from the last year. Lentil intentions are estimated at 300,000 acres, down 2% from last year.
What’s up in North Dakota
Soybean planted acreage is expected to be up 6.9 million acres, up 14% from last year and a record high.
Canola planted acreage is expected to be 1.5 million acres, up 3% from last year and a record high.
All chickpea planted acreage intentions are estimated at 19,000 acres, up 44% from last year, tying the previous record high in 2001. Large chickpea accounts for 15,000 acres, up 60% from last year and a record high. Small chickpea made up the balance at 4,000 acres, up 5% from last year.
USDA reports South Dakota farmers intend to plant 4% more soybeans than last year, for a total of 5.4 million acres.
Corn acres are down 4% from last year.
Wheat acreage is down. The 900,000 acres of winter wheat is 24% less than last year. The 940,000 acres of spring wheat is down 13%, and the 4,000 acres of durum is 60% below what was planted last year.
USDA Planting Intentions report estimates are based on a survey conducted during the first two weeks of March.
Sources: South Dakota Ag Statistics Service and North Dakota Ag Statistics Service.