U.S. soft red winter wheat crop forecast at 314 million bushels
A panel of milling company executives addressing the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) spring conference on March 14 on Marco Island, Florida, U.S., forecast for the U.S. 2017 soft red winter wheat production at 314.325 million bushels, down 9% from 345.230 million bushels in 2016. If the millers’ forecast is realized, the 2017 soft red winter wheat crop would be the smallest since 2010, when 219.209 million bushels were harvested. The recent five-year average soft red winter wheat outturn was 428 million bushels.
Production was forecast to be lower in most U.S. states. There were exceptions. Larger crops were forecast for Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Production declines were forecast to be the widest in the U.S. central states.
Soft wheat millers forecast 2017 production of soft white winter wheat at 156.080 million bushels, down 29% from 2016.
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