Tri-state winter wheat growers expect high yields in 2016
WASHINGTON -- Michigan winter wheat growers still expect a new record statewide yield, though overall expected yield dropped 2 bushels from May, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. Michigan producers expect to harvest 560,000 acres, up 85,000 acres from last year. Wheat production in the State is expected to be 45.9 million bushels. The yield forecast of 82 bushels would be 1 bushel above last year’s record high. Wheat condition improved from last month, and continues to be in significantly better condition than the same time last year. Growers are very optimistic about the crop, even as maturity is lagging slightly behind the five year average. As of May 29, winter wheat condition was rated at 1% very poor, 3% poor, 19% fair, 58% good, and 19% excellent.
Indiana wheat growers continue to expect higher yields this year compared to 2015, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Wheat production in the State is expected to be 23.4 million bushels. The yield forecast of 73 bushels would be 5 bushels above the previous year. Wheat condition declined slightly from last month, but is still in great condition, and is comparable to the condition at same time last year. Wheat continues to progress ahead of the five year average as growers expect a good crop that would be an improvement over last year in both yield and state production. As of May 29, winter wheat condition was rated at 1% very poor, 4% poor, 22% fair, 54% good, and 19% excellent.
Ohio winter wheat producers expect to harvest a new statewide record yield this year, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. Wheat production in the State is expected to be 41.3 million bushels. The yield forecast of 75.0 bushels would be 8 bushels above the previous year, and 1 bushel above the state record set in 2014. Wheat continues to be in great condition, even improving slightly on last month. Maturity is ahead of schedule and the crop is looking even better than the same time last year. As of May 29, winter wheat condition was rated at 1% poor, 15% fair, 56% good, and 28% excellent.
Nationally, Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.51 billion bushels, up 6 percent from the May 1 forecast and up 10 percent from 2015. Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 50.5 bushels per acre, up 2.7 bushel from last month and up 8 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record for the United States.