NW Winter Wheat Production Drops 3%

According to NASS winter wheat production in the Northwest dropped from 2019 figures.

As of May 1st, Washington production was forecast at 118 million bushels, down 1% from 2019. Yield was expected to average 72.0 bushels per acre, up 2.0 bushels from the previous year. Growers planted an estimated 1.7 million acres in the fall of 2019, down 50,000 acres from the previous year. Harvested acres were forecast at 1.64 million acres, down 60,000 acres from 2019.

In Idaho, winter wheat is forecast at 58.7 million bushels, down 1% from 2019. Yield was expected to average 85.0 bushels per acre, down 2.0 bushels from last year. Growers planted an estimated 730,000 acres in the fall of 2019, unchanged from the previous year. Harvested acres were forecast at 690,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from a year ago.

In Oregon winter wheat production was forecast at 45.3 million bushels, down 9% year over year. Yield was expected to average 62.0 bushels per acre, down 6.0 bushels from last year. Growers planted an estimated 740,000 acres in the fall of 2019, unchanged from the previous year. Growers expected to harvest 730,000 acres, unchanged from the previous year.

Nationally, production was expected to be 1.25 billion bushels, down 4% from 2019. Yield was forecast at 51.7 bushels per acre, down 1.9 bushels from last year. Growers planted an estimated 30.8 million acres in the fall of 2019, down 384,000 acres from the previous year. Harvested acres were forecast at 24.3 million acres, down 52,000 acres from 2019.

U.S. White Winter wheat production is forecast at 224 million bushels, down 3% from last year. Of this total, 16.2 million bushels are Hard White and 207 million bushels are Soft White. U.S. Hard Red Winter, at 733 million bushels, is down 12% from 2019. Soft Red Winter, at 298 million bushels, is up 24% from 2019.

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