Crop Acreage Forecast-Wheat Up Slightly-Garbs Up Significantly-More Lentils In WA

Federal officials have issued their acreage forecast for this year’s crop in the Inland Northwest.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service expects total wheat acreage in the region to be up slightly this year.  Washington winter wheat is estimated at 1.85 million acres up 3% from last year.  Spring wheat in Washington should be at 475,000 acres down 5% from last year.  Idaho winter wheat is predicted at 750,000 acres unchanged from last year.  Gem State spring wheat acreage is forecast at 410,000 acres unchanged from 2023.

Barley acreage is down in Idaho this year by 11% to 510,000 acres.  Washington barely acreage is forecast to the same as last year at 95,000 acres.

Washington canola acreage is predicted at 160,000 acres down 5,000 acres from last year.

Garbanzo beans continue to grow in popularity.  Washington farmers should have 130,000 acres in the ground up 30% from last year.  Idaho growers are expected to plant 95,000 acres of garbs up nearly a third from 2023.

Lentil acreage is expected to see a bump in Washington this year up 16% to 52,000 acres.