USDA Predicts 2015 Oklahoma Wheat Crop at 118.9 Million Bushels- Best Since 2012Wed, 13 May 2015 04:35:35 CDT
The US Department of Agriculture's May 2015 Crop Production Report for Winter Wheat is predicting that Oklahoma wheat farmers will harvest their best crop since 2012, with an estimated 118.9 million bushels to be harvested this month and next. The National Ag Statistics Service believes that four million, one hundred thousand acres will be harvested in Oklahoma this year- and NASS is estimating a yield of 29 bushels per acre. The 118.9 million bushels is sharply higher than the 47.6 million bushels that Oklahoma wheat farmers combined in 2014.
The Oklahoma estimate is higher than the prediction made by scouts that reported last week at the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association annual meeting in Oklahoma City. The scouts predicted that the state would see a harvest of 108.8 million bushels in 2015 on 3.9 million bushels, with an average yield of 27.7 bushels per acre.
Texas is also expecting twice as much wheat to be produced by their farmers in 2015 compared to the drought damaged 2014 crop- last year- Texas brought in 67.5 million bushels- the 2015 May first prediction is for a 131.25 million bushel crop.
The Kansas HRW crop will also be larger than in 2014, with the Sunflower State looking at a ten percent larger wheat crop than grown last season- NASS predicts 272 million bushels are in Kansas fields- with 8.5 million acres to be harvested and a estimated yield of 32 bushels per acre.
Two other key Hard Red Winter wheat producing states are looking at a smaller harvest in 2015 compared to a year ago. The Colorado wheat crop is being called seven percent smaller than a year ago at 83.25 million bushels, while Nebraska is looking at an 18% smaller crop- with total production called 58.4 million bushels, based on the May first survey.
While total Texas wheat production is larger than the Oklahoma prediction, a portion of their crop is soft red winter wheat, which means that Oklahoma will likely be the number two HRW wheat production state in 2015, after surrendering that ranking in 2014 with the historically small crop grown by the state's farmers. The vast majority of the Oklahoma crop will be hard red winter.
Nationally, Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.47 billion bushels, up 7 percent from 2014. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 43.5 bushels per acre, up 0.9 bushel from last year.
Hard Red Winter production, at 853 million bushels, is up 16 percent from a year ago.
Soft Red Winter, at 416 million bushels, is down 9 percent from 2014.
White Winter, at 203 million bushels, is up 10 per cent from last year. Of the White Winter production, 11.5 million bushels are Hard White and 191 million bushels are Soft White.
For the complete USDA Crop Production report for May 2015, click here.
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