EAST LANSING, Mich. — Indiana wheat growers expect a slightly higher yield this year, despite the slow growth progress due to wetter than normal conditions, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Indiana wheat growers expect to harvest 260,000 acres, unchanged from last year. Wheat production in the State is expected to total 19.0 million bushels, up nearly half a million from last year. The yield forecast of 73 bushels, if realized, would be 2 bushels above the previous year’s yield.
U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.27 billion bushels, up 7 percent from 2018. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 50.3 bushels per acre, up 2.4 bushels from last year’s average yield of 47.9 bushels per acre.
Hay stocks on Indiana farms on May 1, 2019 were 130,000 tons, up 30 percent from this time last year. May 1 stocks were higher this year despite hay production being down in 2018.
All hay stored on United States farms, as of May 1, 2019, totaled 14.9 million tons, down 3 percent from a year ago. Disappearance from December 1, 2018 – May 1, 2019 totaled 64.1 million tons, compared with 69.1 million tons for the same period a year earlier.
— National Agricultural Statistics Service, Indiana Field Office
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