Excellent news for Palouse farmers.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its harvest acreage estimates.
Idaho growers are predicted to harvest 780,000 acres of winter wheat this summer up 13% from last year. Washington growers are forecast to harvest 1.79 million acres of winter wheat up 6% from 2021.
The acres of Idaho spring wheat for harvest are predicted to be down 40,000 acres to 510,000 acres. Washington spring wheat harvested acres are forecast to be at 470,000 acres down 110,000 acres from 2021.
Idaho growers are predicted to harvest about 80,000 acres of garbanzo beans up a thousand acres from last year. Washington growers garbanzo beans harvested acres are expected to be 101,000 acres up 7,000 acres from 2021.
The canola fields that are bright yellow right now around the Palouse are at the same acreage as last year. The harvested Washington canola crop is forecast to be at 130,000 acres.
Washington’s lentil harvested acreage is expected to be unchanged at 37,000 acres. Idaho’s lentil harvested acreage is forecast to be up 6,000 acres to 24,000 acres.