Flour millers and grain merchants in the key soft red winter wheat region of the Central states indicated heavy wheat seed sales during the summer suggested winter wheat area there will expand as well. The change in planted area in the Central states was expected to be more stark than in the hard winter wheat states. This was because wheat area planted for harvest in 2012 in the Central states dropped 19% from the previous year because a late fall crop harvest and excessively wet conditions last fall prevented many acres from being planted. Wheat area planted in the Central states for harvest in 2012 was 2,900,000 acres compared with 3,600,000 acres in 2011.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will issue its Winter Wheat Seedings report for the 2013 crop in January.