The spring wheat crop this year is expected to be the smallest since 2008 after disastrous weather and delayed or prevented planting across the northern Plains.
Scouts on the Wheat Quality Council spring and durum wheat tour estimate North Dakota’s spring wheat crop will yield 41.5 bushels per acre, down five bushels per acre from last year’s 46 bushels per acre. Durum yields were estimated at 31.8 bushels per acre, also below last year’s 38.4 bushels per acre. Both numbers are the tour’s lowest since 2008.
For the past five years, the wheat tour’s estimate came within two bushels of USDA’s final spring wheat yield average.