Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.42 billion bushels, down 4 percent from 2010. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 32.0 million acres, up 1 percent from last year.
Based on May 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 44.5 bushels per acre, down 2.3 bushels from last year.
Hard Red Winter wheat, at 960 million bushels, is up 5 percent from 2009. Soft Red Winter wheat, at 283 million bushels, is down 30 percent from last year.
White Winter wheat is up 7 percent from last year and now totals 215 million bushels. Of this total, 17.0 million bushels are Hard White and 198 million bushels are Soft White.
Winter wheat producers reported they expect to harvest 16.7 million bushels from the 2011 North Dakota winter wheat crop. This is down 5 percent from last year and 36 percent below the 2009 level.
Yield for this year’s crop is forecast at 54 bushels per harvested acre, down only 1 bushel from the record set last year. A total of 310,000 acres of winter wheat are expected to be harvested, down from 320,000 last year and 545,000 in 2009.
Farmers in North Dakota seeded 340,000 acres of winter wheat last fall. This is up 3 percent from the previous year but 41 percent below the acres planted for the 2009 crop year.
The winter wheat production forecast is 71.30 million bushels for South Dakota, up 12 percent from last year’s production of 63.70 million bushels. The winter wheat yield for 2011 is forecast at 46.0 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last year, but harvested acreage is estimated at 1,550,000 acres, up 250,000 acres from 2010.
Planted acreage, at 1,650,000 acres, is up 22 percent (300,000 acres) from last year. If the production forecast is realized, this would be South Dakota’s third largest winter wheat crop on record.