- Associated Press - Sunday, April 6, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Some Montana farmers are backing away from spring wheat in favor of planting other crops this season.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports there will be 350,000 fewer acres of Montana spring wheat this year. Planting intentions were published this past week in the USDA’s prospective plantings report.

Wheat prices entered 2014 on a three-month slide before rebounding recently, and farmers have been looking at options.

Glasgow area farmer Ray Davis tells The Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/1mQFXRE) that seed wheat sales have been down this year.


Montana farmers expect to plant 520,000 acres of dry edible peas this year, nearly three times the acres planted in 2011.

But wheat is still Montana’s dominant crop, with farmers saying they’ll plant 5.65 million acres this year, and increase winter wheat acres by 500,000.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com