Seedings for the 2001 wheat crop are forecast at 5.4 million acres, down 11% from last year, according to the Oklahoma Agricultural Statistics Service.

Results were based upon nearly 5,000 Dec. 1 survey reports.

U.S. winter wheat seedings for the 2001 crop are estimated at 41.3 million acres, down 5% from 2000 and the smallest acreage since 1971.

Percentage changes for leading winter wheat producing states are: Kansas, 9.9 million acres, up 1%; Texas, 5.6 million acres, down 7%; Colorado, 2.3 million acres, down 8%; and Nebraska, 1.8 million acres, up 3%.

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