The most popular wheat variety in South Dakota in 2011 was Briggs, a spring wheat variety. The most planted winter wheat variety was Wesley. These two varieties accounted for 30.6 percent of the state's 2.81 million wheat acres.
This report summarized the results of the 2011 Wheat Variety Survey conducted by the South Dakota Field Office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Data was obtained from a cross-section of South Dakota wheat producers. Survey results were tabulated from 1,963 South Dakota wheat producers: 1, 010 reported winter wheat and 953 reported spring wheat. Percents and acreage data are included at both regional and state levels for winter and spring wheat (excluding durum wheat). All variety data and regional acreages in this publication are based on survey averages.
South Dakota had 2.81 million acres planted to wheat for the 2011 crop year. This compares to 2.82 million last year and 3.66 million acres in 2008, the year of the last wheat variety survey.
Winter wheat planted for 2011 totaled 1.60 million acres, down from 2.05 million in 2008. Spring wheat acres totaled 1.2 million acres in 2011 down from 1.60 million in 2008.
The most popular winter wheat variety in South Dakota in 2011 was Wesley, planted on 32.1 percent of the winter wheat acres. Overland, planted on 14.5 percent of the winter wheat acres, was the second most popular. The top two varieties accounted for 46.7 percent of the 1.6 million winter wheat acres planted in South Dakota. Expedition is the third leading winter wheat variety, planted on 11.4 percent of the state's winter wheat acres. Clearfield Varieties ranked fourth, with 5.1 percent, followed by Smokey Hill, with 3.9 percent. These top five varieties account for 67.1 percent of the state's winter wheat acres. New varieties reported for the first time in 2011, with 28.3 percent of the winter wheat acreage, included Overland, Clearfield Varieties, Smoky Hill, Lyman and Hawken.
The leading spring wheat varieties in South Dakota for 2011 were Briggs, RB07, Brick, Faller, and Howard. Of the 1.20 million acres of spring wheat planted in South Dakota, the top five varieties made up 65.8 percent of the total. Briggs was planted on 28.8 percent of the state's total spring wheat acreage. Second was RB07, which was planted on 17.3 percent of the state's total spring wheat acres, followed by Brick, which was planted on 11.6 percent of the acres. Rounding out the top five were Faller and Howard, which accounted for 4.2 percent and 3.9 percent of the spring wheat acreage, respectively. New varieties reported for the first time in 2011, with 43.9 percent of the spring wheat acreage, included RB07, Brick, Faller, Howard Select, Barlow and Brennan.
Source: South Dakota NASS