July 18, 2011


Forecasted winter wheat production in Idaho, US, up 4%



Idaho's expected winter wheat production is 60.8 million bushels, up 4% from last year, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.


Harvested acreage of winter wheat is expected to total 770,000 acres, 60,000 acres more than last year. Yield, as of July 1, is expected to be 79.0 bushels per acre, down three bushels from last year. Producers with spring wheat are expected to harvest 600,000 acres, down 15,000 acres from 2010. Average yield is estimated at 76.0 bushels per acre, two bushels less than 2010.


Spring wheat production is forecast at 45.6 million bushels, a decrease of 5% from 2010. Barley production is forecast at 44.1 million bushels, up 2% from last year's 43.2 million bushels. Harvested acreage, at 490,000 acres, is 20,000 acres more than last year. The expected yield of 90.0 bushels per acre is down two bushels from last year.


Oat production is expected to be 1.14 million bushels, down 32% from last year. Oat yield for grain, at 76.0 bushels per acre, is down eight bushels from last year. Acreage harvested for grain, at 15,000, is down 5,000 acres from last year.


For the United States, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.49 billion bushels, up 3% from last month and up slightly from 2010. The United States yield is forecast at 46.2 bushels per acre, up 0.9 bushel from last month but down 0.6 bushel from last year.


Other spring wheat production is forecast at 551 million bushels, down 11% from last year. Yield is forecast at 41.7 bushels per acre, 4.4 bushels below 2010. Barley production is forecast at 173 million bushels, down 4% from 2010. The average yield is forecast at 69.6 bushels per acre, down 3.5 bushels from last year's record high.


Oat production is forecast at 56.6 million bushels, down 30% from 2010. If the forecast comes to pass, this will be the lowest production on record, surpassing the previous record low set last year. The yield is forecast at 60.5 bushels per acre, down 3.8 bushels from 2010.

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