U.S. winter wheat crop up 2% from May

by World Grain Staff
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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — U.S. 2015 winter wheat production was forecast at 1.505 billion bushels, up 2% from 1.472 billion bushels forecast in May and up 9% from 1.378 billion bushels in 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in its June 10 Crop Production report.

The forecast was above the average trade expectation of 1.469 billion bushels.

Production of hard red winter wheat was forecast at 887 million bushels, up 4% from 853 million bushels in May and up 20% from 738 million bushels in 2014, soft red winter at 414 million bushels, down slightly from 416 million bushels in May and down 9% from 455 million bushels last year. White winter wheat outturn was forecast at 204 million bushels, up slightly from 203 million bushels in May. The white winter wheat forecast included hard white at 12.4 million bushels, up from 11.5 million bushels in May, and soft white at 191 million bushels, unchanged from last month.

Harvested area for winter wheat was estimated at 33.8 million acres, unchanged from May and up 5% from 32.3 million acres in 2014.

U.S. average winter wheat yield was forecast at 44.5 bushels per acre based on June 1 conditions, up 1 bushel from May and up 1.9 bushels from 42.6 bushels an acre in 2014.

The USDA forecast Kansas winter wheat production at 315.5 million bushels, up 16% from 272 million bushels forecast in May and up 28% from 246.4 million bushels in 2014. The average Kansas yield was forecast at 37 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels from both May and 2014.

In its June 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the USDA forecast all U.S. wheat production in 2015 at 2.121 billion bushels, up 2% from 2.087 billion bushels forecast in May and up 5% from 2.026 billion bushels in 2014. The WASDE forecast uses survey-based numbers for winter wheat and trend data for spring wheat.



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