US winter wheat area down 5%
US winter wheat plantings are forecast to fall by 4.6% to 40.5 million acres (16.4 million ha) in 2015, according to the USDA's January estimate. The hard red winter wheat area is expected to dip by about 3% to 29.5 million acres, with significant decreases in some states but increases in Nebraska and South Dakota. Soft red winter wheat plantings are expected to drop by about 12% to 7.5 million acres, with declines in most states. The white winter wheat area is set to increase by about 2% to 3.5 million acres. Durum wheat plantings in Arizona and California are put at 155,000 acres, up 44% on 2014 and 7% above the 2013 area. The USDA's estimates for all six states where durum wheat is grown are not issued until the end of March. The US durum wheat area amounted to about 1.4 million acres in 2014 and 2013.