USDA Adds a Few Bushels to Harvest Totals in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas in July ReportThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:01:50 CDT
The 2018 Wheat Harvest in the southern plains states of Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas is close to being finished- and in each of these states- the USDA has adjusted the expected harvest totals slightly higher in all three states.
The July Crop Production Report from the National Ag Statistics Service shows the Oklahoma Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop thre million bushels larger than theJune report, with USDA finding an extra 200,000 acres harvested in the state- but offsetting that gain with a one bushel per acre reduction in yield- settng the 2018 harvest yield at just 25 bushels per acre with a total production of fifty five million bushels. That's 45% fewer busels produced this year compared to the 98.6 million bushel crop pulled out of hte field in 2017. The 2018 numbers are similar to the 2014 harvest season when Oklahoma produced just 47.6 million bushels- harvesting more acres that year but ending up with just a 17 bushel per acre final yield.
The 2017 Kansas Crop still has a few acres to harvest- but USDA also upped their production totals compared to the June report, showing Kansas with a 277.4 million bushel crop this season- up seven million bushels from the June forecast and still well under the 333.6 million bushel crop of 2017- 17% smaller than in 2017.
Texas also has seen improvement in its 2018 wheat crop from today's July report to the June estimate of one month ago. The July forecast for Texas wheat producers has a crop up 25% compared to a month ago- NASS calling the Texas wheat crop a fifty four million bushel crop- based on 1.8 million acres and a yield per acre of thirty bushels per acre- an improvement of three bushels in the June report.
Nationally, Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.19 billion bushels, down less than 1 percent from the June 1 forecast and down 6 percent from 2017. As of July 1, the United States yield is forecast at 48.0 bushels per acre, down 0.4 bushel from last month and down 2.2 bushels from last year’s average yield of 50.2 bushels per acre. The area expected to be harvested for grain totals 24.8 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 29, 2018, but down 2 percent from last year.
Hard Red Winter production, at 657 million bushels, is up 1 percent from last month. Soft Red Winter, at 303 million bushels, is down 4 percent from the June forecast. White Winter, at 232 million bushels, is up less than 1 percent from last month. Of the White Winter production, 21.1 million bushels are Hard White and 211 million bushels are Soft White.
Click or tap here to see the complete July Crop Production report as released by USDA on Thursday morning.
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