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High Wheat Yields Reported by Farmers

July 4, 2012
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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Yields for more than 63,000 acres have been reported to AgWeb’s Winter Wheat Harvest Map. As of this week, the map’s average national yield is 61.8 bu./acre.
 
Eight farmers have reported wheat yields of 100 bu./acre or more. They include:
Location
Average Yield (bu./acre) Total Acres
Locan County, Okla. 160 30
Minidoka County, Idaho 130 400
Lancaster County, Pa. 116 27
Darke County, Ohio 114 21
Colusa County, Calif. 110 150
Cedar County, Iowa 110 83
Jay County, Ind. 101 96
Mercer County, Ohio 100 25
 
In its monthly Crop Production report on June 12, USDA estimated the U.S. winter wheat yield to be 47.3 bu./acre, down 0.3 bushel from last month but 1.1 bushels more than last year. Total winter wheat production is forecast at 1.68 billion bushels, 13% above 2011. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 35.6 million acres.
 
As of July 1, 69% of the U.S. wheat crop has been harvested, according to USDA. The five-year average for this time is 43%.
 

The Word on Wheat

According to wheat comments to AgWeb’s Virtual Wheat Tour, many farmers are satisfied with this year’s crop. Here are some of their reports:

 

Cheyenne County, Neb.: Finished wheat harvest Saturday. Yields were nothing to talk about, however the quality was very good.

Huntington County, Ind.: We finished wheat harvest June 25, which is by far the earliest ever. It yielded about 71 bu./acre, which is very surprising due to the lack of rain.

Lancaster County, Pa.: Yield checks on the wheat yesterday at 116 and 132 bpa, verified with the help of a Pioneer seed representative and a CNH engineering representative. 
 
Buffalo County, Neb.: Finished wheat harvest today -- have never even started by this date before! Wheat yields (irrigated) were excellent, over 100 bpa. Will bale the straw and plant a short season corn with hopes of making silage out of it.
 
Southeast Indiana: Still extremely dry here. Finished wheat harvest on June 19, earliest ever. Yields ranged from 53-87 bu./acre. Average of 81 bu.
 
 
Continue to watch wheat harvest progress on AgWeb's Winter Wheat Harvest Map. Be sure to submit your own harvest report!
 

 

 

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