US. Winter wheat production down 6 percent

15.05.2018

Record low harvested acreage combined with lower crop ratings pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s winter wheat production estimate downward.

All winter wheat production is forecast at 1.19 billion bushels, a 6 percent decline from 2017. As of May 1, the U.S. yield forecast of 48.1 bushels per acre is 2.1 bushels less than a year ago.

The expected harvested area of 24.8 million acres is down 2 percent from last year and a record low.

Hard red winter harvested acreage is down 5 percent from the previous year. Soft red winter harvested acreage is expected to be up 4 percent from last year.

As of April 29, 33 percent of the winter wheat crop in the 18 major producing states was rated in good to excellent condition, 21 percentage points lower than at the same time last year.

Conversely, 37 percent of the winter wheat crop in the 18 major producing states was rated in very poor to poor condition, 24 percentage points higher than at the same time last year.

Drought conditions are prevalent across most of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and impacting winter wheat.

Hoosier Record

Indiana is joined by Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan and Montana in the projected record yield department.

The Hoosier State’s winter wheat yield estimate of 81 bushels per acre is seven above the previous year. With 240,000 harvested acres, Indiana would produce 19.44 million bushels compared to last year’s 17.76 million bushels from the same harvested area.

Illinois’ 510,000 projected harvested acres is 40,000 higher than in 2017. USDA projects the state’s average yield to be 73 bushels per acre, three less than the previous year. Winter wheat production is projected at 37.23 million bushels compared to 35.72 million a year ago.


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