Winter wheat producers reported they expect to harvest 34.6 million bushels from the 2012 North Dakota winter wheat crop. This is up 149 percent from last year and 96 percent above the 2010 level. Yield for this year’s crop is forecast at 48 bushels per harvested acre, up 11 bushels from last year. A total of 720,000 acres of winter wheat are expected to be harvested, up from 375,000 last year and 320,000 in 2010. Farmers in the state seeded 750,000 acres of winter wheat last fall. This is up 88 percent from the previous year and 127 percent above the acres planted for the 2010 crop year.
Hay stocks on North Dakota farms totaled 1.7 million tons on May 1, up 36 percent from last year and 30 percent above the 2010 level. Disappearance for the period December 2011 through April 2012 was 4.4 million tons, compared to 4.1 million tons a year earlier.
The South Dakota May 1, 2012 winter wheat production forecast is 57.20 million bushels, down 14 percent from last year’s production of 66.78 million bushels, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The winter wheat yield for 2012 is forecast at 44.0 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last year, but harvested acreage is estimated at 1,300,000 acres, down 290,000 acres from 2011. Planted acreage, at 1,350,000 acres, is down 18 percent (300,000 acres) from last year.
May 1, 2012 on-farm hay stocks, at 2.40 million tons, are up 30 percent from May 2011. Hay disappearance from December 1, 2011 to May 1, 2012 was 6.00 million tons, unchanged from last year.
Total U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.69 billion bushels, up 13 percent from 2011. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 35.6 million acres, up 10 percent from last year. Based on May 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 47.6 bushels per acre, up 1.4 bushels from last year.
All hay stored on farms May 1, 2012, totaled 21.4 million tons, down 4 percent from a year ago. Disappearance from December 1, 2011 – May 1, 2012 totaled 69.3 million tons, compared with 79.9 million tons for the same period a year ago. This is the smallest disappearance since 1985.
Source: USDA NASS ND & SD Field OfficesShare