WASHINGTON — Illinois and Indiana winter wheat yield estimates were nudged up 1 bushel in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest crop production report.

The USDA increased Illinois’ average winter wheat yields from 64 bushels per acre in last month’s report to 65 bushels per acre.

Harvested acres in Illinois are projected at 820,000, up from 645,000 in 2012 and, if realized, would produce 53.3 million bushels of wheat. The state produced 40.64 million bushels in 2012.

Indiana’s average winter wheat yield is estimated at 69 bushels per acre, up one from the June report.

USDA estimated Indiana’s harvested wheat acres at 430,000 and total production of 29.67 million bushels, about 9.5 million bushels above last year.

U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.54 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the June 1 forecast, but down 6 percent from 2012.

Based on July 1 conditions, the U.S. yield is forecast at 47.8 bushels per acre, up 1.7 bushels from last month and up 0.6 bushel from last year.

If realized, this will equal the U.S. record high yield established in 1999. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 32.3 million acres, unchanged from the USDA’s acreage report released on June 28, but down 7 percent from last year.

As of June 30, harvest progress was behind normal in all hard red winter states, except California. Yield increases from last month in the HRW growing area are expected in Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.

As of June 30, harvest progress in the soft red winter growing area was behind normal in all major producing states.

Yield increases from last month are expected throughout the SRW growing area. Growers in Kentucky, New York and Pennsylvania are expecting record high yields. Yield forecasts in the Pacific Northwest states are down from the previous month’s forecasts.

The July crop production report did not include any corn and soybean production estimates. Those projections will be reported next month based on results of a survey currently being conducted.