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.
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.
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.