EAST LANSING, Mich. — Indiana’s farmers expect an increase in the winter wheat yield over last month, according to Nathaniel Warenski, State Statistician of the USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office.
The Indiana winter wheat production is anticipated to be 22.8 million bushels, up 30 percent from last year. The yield is forecast at 76 bushels per acre, 6 bushels above last year and 2 bushels above the May 1 forecast. If realized, the expected yield would be the 2nd highest on record.
The 2021 winter wheat crop was 74 percent headed as of May 30, a 4-percentage point increase from last year but 6-percentage points behind the five-year average. The crop was rated 73 percent good to excellent at the beginning of June compared to 64 percent a year ago.
Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.31 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the May 1 forecast, and up 12 percent from 2020. As of June 1, the United States yield is forecast at 53.2 bushels per acre, up 1.1 bushels from last month and up 2.3 bushels from last year’s average yield of 50.9 bushels per acre. If realized, the 2021 United States winter wheat yield will be the third highest on record. Record high yields are forecasted in Missouri and Montana.
As of May 30, forty-eight percent of the winter wheat acreage in the 18 major producing States was rated in good to excellent condition, 3 percentage points lower than at the same time last year. Nationally, 79 percent of the winter wheat crop was headed by May 30, one percentage point higher than the 5-year average pace.
— USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
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