Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Idaho Winter Wheat Production Up 7 Percent

Idaho's 2011 winter wheat production is forecast at 62.4 million bushels, unchanged from last month’s forecast, and 7 percent above last year's crop. This report is based on conditions as of June 1. The yield is forecasted to be 79 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month. Acres to be harvested, at 790,000, represent an 80,000 acre increase from 2010.

Temperatures across the state last week ranged from two to eight degrees below normal. All weather stations reported precipitation for the week. Idaho's winter wheat condition is rated 3% very poor; 8% poor; 12% fair, 63% good and 14% excellent. Spring wheat is rated 1% very poor, 3% poor; 20% fair; 66% good and 14% excellent.

Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.45 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the May 1 forecast but 2 percent below 2010. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 32.0 million acres, unchanged from May 1. Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 45.3 bushels per acre, up 0.8 bushel from last month but 1.5 bushels less than last year. Hard Red production is up 2 percent from a month ago to 777 million bushels. Soft Red production is up 2 percent from last month and now totals 434 million bushels. White production totals 240 million bushels, up 2 percent from last month. Of the White production total, 11.6 million bushels are Hard White and 228 million bushels are Soft White.

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