The largest regional wheat inventory, accounting for 41% of the nation’s total, was held in the five hard red winter wheat states of the Southwest — Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and Nebraska. Southwestern stocks on Dec. 1 totaled 769.456 million bushels, down 5% from a year earlier. Wheat stocks held on farms in the region totaled 39.6 million bushels, or 5% of all stocks. Wheat disappearance from the Southwest in the September-November quarter totaled 202.573 million bushels compared with 202.205 million bushels in 2016. Wheat disappearance in the first half of 2017-18 (June-November) was 394.803 million bushels, down 13% from the previous year.
The second-largest regional wheat inventory, accounting for 25% of the nation’s wheat supply, was held in the Upper Midwest states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Stocks there totaled 462.692 million bushels, down 25% from Dec. 1, 2016. Wheat stocks held on farms in the Upper Midwest were estimated at 286 million bushels, or 62%, of all Upper Midwest stocks. The region’s on-farm stocks accounted for 73% of the nation’s on-farm inventory. September-November wheat use was estimated at 78.551 million bushels, down 42% from second-quarter 2016-17 use, and June-November disappearance was 296.801 million bushels, down 28% from 2016.
Dec. 1 wheat stocks in the principal soft red winter wheat region of the Central states — Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan — totaled 234.125 million bushels, up 6% from a year earlier. Only 4% of the region’s stocks was held on farms. Wheat disappearance in September-November was 33.297 million bushels, down 7% from 2016, and June-November disappearance totaled 72.723 million bushels, down 6% from a year earlier.
Dec. 1 wheat stocks in the Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Washington and Oregon totaled 216.954 million bushels, down 9% from 2016. About 16% of the region’s supply was held on farms. Wheat disappearance in the second quarter of 2017-18 totaled 46.465 million bushels, up 4% from September-November 2016, and June-November disappearance was 181.883 million bushels, up 31% from a year earlier.
Durum stocks held in all positions on Dec. 1 totaled 56.243 million bushels, down 23% from 2016. Farm stocks accounted for 55% of the total supply. September-November 2017 disappearance was estimated at 9.913 million bushels, down 48% from the same span in 2016, and June-November disappearance was estimated at 34.969 million bushels, down 41% from a year earlier.