EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan wheat growers expect slightly lower yields than they did a month ago, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office.
Winter Wheat production in the State is expected to total 41.6 million bushels, up 23 percent from 2020. The yield forecast of 80 bushels is down 2 bushels from last month but up 5 bushels from last year. If realized, the expected yield would be the 3rd highest on record.
As of May 30, the 2021 crop was 51 percent headed which was a 33-percentage point increase over last year and 28-percentage points above the five-year average. Despite a slight reduction in expected yield, the winter wheat crop condition was 66 percent good to excellent while the crop was 55 percent good to excellent at the same time last year.
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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