By MATTHEW WEAVER
The USDA is projecting decreases in wheat acres in the Pacific Northwest and increased acres of barley, canola and dry edible beans.
The USDA expects boosts in corn and canola, according to the prospective plantings report released this morning.
Corn could reach its highest acreage nationally since 1937, with growers intending to plant 95.9 million acres, up from 91.9 million in 2011.
Overall U.S. wheat acres are expected to increase, but the four states in the Pacific Northwest showed declines in expected winter wheat acreage or remained the same. Spring wheat acres are also down.
California wheat increased by 20,000 to 810,000 acres. Winter wheat acres remained the same at 670,000 acres.
Idaho's overall wheat estimate dropped to 1.3 million acres, down from 1.47 million in 2011. That's a decline of 11.6 percent Winter wheat declined by 40,000 acres to 780,000, while spring dropped 100,000 acres to 540,000 acres.
Oregon wheat is expected to drop about 9 percent to 900,000 acres from 990,000 acres in 211. Winter wheat dropped by 40,000 acres to 790,000 acres and spring wheat dropped by 50,000 acres to 110,000 acres.
Washington wheat dropped by 110,000 acres, with winter wheat down by roughly 60,000 acres to 1.7 million from 1.76 million the year before. Spring wheat declined by 50,000 acres to 570,000 acres.
Barley is up in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, but down in California. In the U.S., barley acreage is expected to increase by 700,000 acres to 3.3 million acres.
Washington and Idaho followed the national trend by showing expected gains in canola acreage. The U.S. is expected to plant a record amount of canola acres this year, increasing by 490,000 to reach 1.56 million acres, up from 1.07 million in 2011.
Dry edible beans like garbanzos and lentils also showed an expected increase in parts of the West after a decline last year.
Sugar beets acreage is expected to increase in Idaho and Oregon and most of the beet-growing parts of the nation.
The sugar beets projection in Idaho increases by 7,000 acres to 183,000 acres. Sugar beets are also expect to gain in the U.S., rising to 1.24 million acres from 1.23 million acres in 2011 and 1.17 million acres in 2010.
Sugar beets acreage should be pretty stable in California and Oregon. The forecast calls for a decline of 100 acres in California from the year before, coming in at 25,000 acres. Oregon sugar beets are expected to increase slightly to 200 acres to 11,000 acres.
Other details in the report include:
-- California barley dropped by 10,000 acres to 90,000 acres, continuing a decline from 110,000 acres in 2010. Dry edible beans increased by 5,500 acres to 51,000 acres, still down from 63,500 in 2010.
-- Idaho barley increased 70,000 acres from last year to 590,000 acres. Canola increased by 10,000 acres over the previous year, reaching 29,000. Dry edible beans increased by 35,000 acres to 130,000, which is still lower than 135,000 acres in 2010.
-- Oregon barley increase by 2,000 acres to 40,000, still down from 45,000 acres in 2010. Oregon's dry edible beans and canola acre projections dropped by 400 acres and 800 acres, respectively. Dry edible bean acres are projected at 6,000 acres, canola at 4,500 acres.
-- Washington barley projections rose 15,000 acres over the previous year to 140,000 acres. Canola is expected to be up 6,500 acres to 17,000 acres. Dry edible beans increased 33,000 acres to 110,000.
To download a pdf version of the full prospective plantings report, go to: http://tinyurl.com/786hu7v