- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A new report shows U.S. farmers are planting fewer acres into winter wheat as key growing states like Kansas cut back amid low crop prices.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service on Tuesday estimated the nation’s seeded area for this year’s crop at 36.6 million acres. That is down 7 percent from a year ago.

The decline is being driven in part by fewer wheat acres planted in Kansas, the nation’s top producing state. Winter wheat acres in Kansas are down 8 percent to 8.5 million acres.

Growers in other major winter wheat growing areas also cut acreages.

Texas planted just 5.3 million acres, down 12 percent. Oklahoma seeded 4.9 million acres for an 8 percent drop in acres.

Colorado and Montana are both down with 2.25 million wheat acres each.

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