Divide is the leading Durum wheat variety for the sixth consecutive year. Divide accounts for 37.0 percent of the 870,000 acres planted compared with 33.4 in 2013 and 30.4 percent in 2012. Alkabo and Mountrail rank second and third, respectively, with 16.2 and 12.9 percent of the Durum wheat acres planted. Tioga ranks fourth in Durum wheat acreage with 9.7 percent, and Lebsock ranks fifth with 7.5 percent. These top five varieties account for 83.3 percent of the Durum wheat acreage in North Dakota. Once again, North Dakota ranks first in Durum wheat planted acreage in the United States with 59.2 percent of the nation’s estimated 1.47 million acres planted.
Jerry accounts for 25.5 percent of the 2014 winter wheat planted acreage in North Dakota, marking the eleventh consecutive year as the most popular winter wheat variety. Decade and WB Matlock rank second and third, respectively, with 17.5 and 6.9 percent of the winter wheat acres planted. Overland ranks fourth with 6.2 percent of the winter wheat acreage planted in North Dakota. These top four varieties account for 56.1 percent of the 800,000 acres planted in North Dakota for 2014. The data in this report are based on a survey of wheat producers conducted during June by the North Dakota Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.