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
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
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.