EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ohio farmers are optimistic about the winter wheat yield in 2021, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician of the USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Ohio wheat growers expect yields to be higher than reported last month.
Wheat production in the State is anticipated to be 41.3 million bushels, up 19 percent from last year. The yield forecast of 78 bushels per acre is up 7 bushels per acre from last year and up 3 bushels from last month. If realized, the yield would be the 2nd highest on record.
As of May 30, the 2021 Ohio winter wheat crop was 78 percent headed which was a 9-percentage point increase over last year and 3-percentage points ahead of the five-year average. The winter wheat crop was rated 77 percent good to excellent compared to 73 percent 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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