Winter wheat seedings down in SD, up in ND

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 12:32 PM
Winter wheat seedings down in SD, up in ND

Winter wheat seedings this season dropped in South Dakota but rose in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says winter wheat seeded last fall for harvest this year totaled 1.35 million acres in South Dakota, down 300,000 acres or 18 percent from the previous year. The estimate also is down from the five-year average of 1.77 million acres and the 10-year average of 1.65 million acres.

In North Dakota, spring wheat is the staple crop and winter wheat is a minor crop. Winter wheat seedings last fall are estimated at 700,000 acres, up from 400,000 acres the previous year. That likely is due to the large amount of cropland that was flooded in the spring but dried out later in the year.