Michigan winter wheat seedings for harvest in 2011 is estimated at 700,000 acres, an increase of 32% from last year, according to the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office.
Winter wheat planting began in mid-September and was completed by late-October. Sixty-nine percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition in mid-November. Crop acres for the 2011 crop year were up due to an early harvest of corn and soybeans in 2010 and favorable wheat prices.
The U.S. winter wheat seeded area for 2011 is expected to total 41 million acres, up 10% from 2010. Approximate class acreage breakdowns are:
Hard Red Winter, 29.6 million; Soft Red Winter, 7.76 million; and White Winter, 3.66 million.