WASHINGTON — Winter wheat seedings continue to decline and the U.S. Department of Agriculture pegged this year’s at the second lowest national acreage on record.

The winter wheat planted area for harvest in 2019 is estimated at 31.3 million acres, compared to 32.535 million in 2018 and 32.726 million in 2017.

USDA reported seedings, which began in early September, fell behind the five-year average seeding pace in early October and remained behind the five-year average seeding pace for the duration of the planting season. Seeding was mostly complete by Nov. 11.

Illinois’ winter wheat seeded area is unchanged from the previous year at 600,000 acres, 100,000 above 2017.

USDA has Indiana’s winter wheat acres at 300,000, 10,000 below 2018. The state had 290,000 seeded acres in 2017.

Iowa winter wheat seedings is estimated at 30,000 acres, 14,000 above each of the previous two years.

Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.

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