It's Official: A Lot of People Did Not Plant Wheat

Substantially less acres of wheat in 2009.

Official numbers from the Agricultural Statistics Service now back up what farmers have suspected for months. A lot of people didn't plant wheat.

 

The sowed acreage is 9 million in Kansas – the lowest wheat acres in decades and about 600,000 less than last year.

 

The double whammy of wet fall weather and high input costs made many farmers decide wheat wasn't for them this year.

 

Those who did plant wheat face some pretty tough break-evens. Prices had already come down for wheat, but fertilizer and fuel were still at record levels at planting time. Farmers will need to sell this crop at $6 a bushel to break even.

 

Drop us a line and let us know what you'll be doing to make the numbers work on your farm. Where will those acres go? Corn? Sorghum?

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