U.S. wheat production down 6% from 2013

by World Grain Staff
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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — U.S. 2014 all wheat production was forecast at 1.992 billion bushels, down 138 million bushels, or 6%, from 2.13 billion bushels in 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its July 11 Crop Production report.

The USDA forecast production of winter wheat at 1.367 billion bushels, down 1% from its June forecast of 1.381 billion bushels and down 11% from 1.534 billion bushels in 2013.

Production of spring wheat other than durum in 2014 was forecast at 565 million bushels, up 31 million bushels, or 6%, from 534 million bushels in 2013.

Durum production in 2014 was forecast at 59.6 million bushels, down 2 million bushels, or 4%, from 61.9 million bushels in 2013.

It was the USDA’s first survey-based estimates for other spring wheat, durum and all wheat for the current year.

The USDA all wheat number was above the average trade expectation of 1.972 billion bushels, the winter wheat number was below the trade average of 1.384 billion bushels, the other spring wheat number was above the trade average of 544 million bushels, and the durum number was slightly above the trade average of 59 million bushels.

The USDA forecast winter wheat yield at 42.2 bushels per acre based on conditions as of July 1, down 0.2 bushels from 42.4 bushels in June and down 5.2 bushels from 47.2 bushels in 2013. Harvested area was forecast at 32.4 million acres, unchanged from the June Acreage report but up slightly from a year ago.

Production of hard red winter wheat was forecast at 703 million bushels, down 2% from the June forecast and down 6% from 744 million bushels in 2013. Soft red winter wheat production was forecast at 458 million bushels, up 1% from June but down 19% from 565 million bushels last year. White winter wheat was forecast at 206 million bushels, up slightly from June but down 8% from 225 million bushels in 2013. Soft white winter wheat production was forecast at 196 million bushels, down 9% from 214 million bushels in 2013. Hard white winter was forecast at 10.6 million bushels, down 5% from 11.2 million bushels in 2013.

The USDA forecast spring wheat other than durum yield at 45.5 bushels an acre, down 1.6 bushels from 47.1 bushels an acre in 2013. Harvested area was forecast at 12.4 million acres, unchanged from the June Acreage report but up 9% from 2013. Production of hard red spring wheat was forecast at 520 million bushels, up 6% from 2013.

Durum yield was forecast at 42.1 bushels an acre, up 1.5 bushels from 43.6 bushels an acre in 2013. Harvested area was forecast at 1.4 million acres, unchanged from the June Acreage report but down slightly from a year ago.

All wheat yield was forecast at 43.1 bushels an acre, down 4.1 bushels from 47.2 bushels an acre in 2013. All wheat harvested area was forecast at 46.2 million acres, up 2% from 45.2 million acres in 2013.

Oats production in 2014 was forecast at 75.5 million bushels, up 15% from 65.9 million bushels in 2013 but still the fourth lowest on record if realized, the USDA said.

U.S. 2014 barley production was forecast at 187.4 million bushels, down 13% from 215.1 million bushels last year. 

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