Thomas G. Chastain
There’s no question that grass seed acreage has been down in recent years while wheat acreage in the Willamette Valley has been on the rise. The often asked question is whether the acreage levels of these crops are unprecedented. Historical trends in grass seed crop acreage in the Willamette Valley over the years have been essentially a mirror image of wheat acreage (Fig 1 – click to enlarge). From the mid 1970s through the early 1980s, both crops occupied about 250,000 acres and together accounted for about 1/2 million acres in the valley.