By Tom Collins
GUELPH While winter wheat numbers are down significantly across the province, the number of acres planted in Eastern Ontario is up a little over last year.
OMAFRA forage specialist Gilles Quesnel said while he doesnt have final numbers, it appears as if the number of acres planted this year is higher than the 26,854 acres planted last year.
Eastern Ontario is bucking the provincial trend, as a late soybean harvest and wet weather prevented many farmers from planting winter wheat.
OMAFRA cereals specialist Peter Johnson estimates there are about 610,000 to 615,000 acres planted in Ontario, down from 1.06 million acres planted in 2013.
Agricorp extended the deadline for planting winter wheat by seven days at the start of November, which helped many farmers get some of the winter wheat into the ground.