The 2021 Small Grains Annual Summary paints a clearer picture for abandonment. The U.S. planted 46.7 million acres of all wheat this year, but only 37.1 million acres were harvested. When it comes to the Northern Plains, North Dakota planted 6.5 million acres, but harvested 6.1 million acres. That’s a 6.6 percent abandonment rate for North Dakota. Minnesota planted 1.21 million acres of wheat, but only harvested 1.16 million acres. That’s a 4.3 percent abandonment, about average compared to a normal year. South Dakota planted 1.52 million acres and harvested 1.31 million acres, that’s a 16 percent abandonment rate for all wheat.
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