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This report provides the results of the Winter Wheat Seedings by Variety Survey, 2017 Crop, conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Mountain Regional Field Office. The survey was funded by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee.

Colorado wheat producers seeded an estimated 2.20 million acres to winter wheat in the fall of 2016 for harvest in 2017, down from 2.35 million acres seeded for the 2016 crop. Byrd was the most popular variety seeded in Colorado for the third consecutive year, planted on 24.7 percent or almost one-fourth of the acreage for the 2017 crop compared with 33.2 percent for the 2016 crop. Hatcher was, once again, the second most popular variety by accounting for 10.8 percent of the acreage, down from 13.5 percent for the 2016 crop. Brawl CL Plus kept third place by accounting for 10.8 percent of the acres seeded for 2017. Snowmass continued to occupy fourth place with 8.5 percent of the acreage, compared with 6.1 percent of last year’s crop. SY Monument claimed fifth place with 2.9 percent of the acreage, an increase from 0.9 percent of the acreage last year. The top five varieties accounted for 57.7 percent of the acreage seeded. Winterhawk became the sixth leading variety with 2.8 percent of the acreage seeded, up from seventh place last year. TAM 111 claimed seventh place with 2.7 percent of the acreage. LCS Mint entered the top ten for the first time at the eighth place ranking by accounting for 2.4 percent of the acreage seeded. Denali was at ninth place, with 2.1 percent of the acreage seeded this year. Antero completes the top ten with 1.5 percent, up slightly from 1.2 percent of the acreage seeded last year.

The top ten varieties represented 69.2 percent of the state’s total acreage seeded for the 2017 crop. The 2016 top ten varieties accounted for 77.9 percent of the total seeded acreage.

The survey of winter wheat producers in Colorado was not sampled to provide a direct expansion of the seeded acreage by variety or a measure of the sampling error.