Idaho 2013 Wheat, Potato Acreage Down; Hay Up

Dry beans also see drop in last year's planting.

Published on: Jan 29, 2014

All wheat planted in Idaho last year totaled 1.31 million acres, a slight drop from 2012, according to the latest figures from the USDA's northwest regional National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Olympia, Wash.

Potato planting was also reduced in 2013 by nearly 8% according to the January report. The 317,000 acres of potatoes last year saw a harvest of  316,000.

Dry beans posted a 14% decline in planting to 125,000 acres. But hay acreage was up 10% to 1.48 million acres.

In Oregon last year, wheat acreage fell 1% to 880,000 acres. Washington, a 1% decline resulted in 2.19 million acres. Oregon hay acreage was up 2% to 1.02 million acreage, while Washington producers reported a 3% hay decline to 760,000 acres. Oregon planted 40,000 acres of potatoes, down 5%, and in Washington, spud acres fell 3% to 160,000 acres. Dry beans in Oregon last year were down 21% to 8,300 acres, and in Washington the crop maintained its 2012 level at 115,000 acres.

Grain plantings were down in the PNW last year, but hay acreage saw some increases, according to an annual National Agricultural Statistics Service report.
Grain plantings were down in the PNW last year, but hay acreage saw some increases, according to an annual National Agricultural Statistics Service report.

In spring wheat last year, Idaho planted 530,000 acres; Oregon, 90,000; Washington, 500,000. A total of 12,596,000 acres of spring wheat was planted in the nation last year.

Winter wheat planting in Idaho came to 770,000 acres; Oregon, 790,000; Washington, 1,690,000. Nationally, 34,090,000 acres were planted.

In 2012 grain plantings in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho led the region with 350,000 acres, followed by Washington's 190,000 and Oregon's 80,000.

Grain corn nationally came to 95,365,000 acres.

Canola saw increases in all three PNW states last year, although nationally it fell from 1,765,000 acres in 2012 to 1,348,000 acres last year. Idaho canola plantings were up at 44,000 acres compared with 38,000 in 2012; Washington increased from 15,000 to 37,000, and Oregon canola acreage nearly doubled to 13,000.

A PNW sugar beet acreage decline was also reported for Idaho, which fell from 183,000 to 175,000, and in Oregon, which declined from marginally from 11,000 acres to 9,400.