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Michigan Wheat Growers Optimistic About 2018 Crop
Michigan Ag Connection - 05/11/2018

Michigan wheat growers are very optimistic about the 2018 wheat crop despite the crop's progress being behind schedule, according to Marlo Johnson, director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office.

Michigan producers expect to harvest 490,000 acres, up 65,000 acres from last year. Wheat production in the state is expected to be 45.6 million bushels. The yield forecast of 93 bushels, if realized, would be 14 bushels above the previous year and 4 bushels above the previous State record set in 2016.

U.S winter wheat production is forecast at 1.19 billion bushels, down 6 percent from 2017. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 48.1 bushels per acre, down 2.1 bushels from last year.

Hay stocks on Michigan farms on May 1, 2018 were 260,000 tons, down 31 percent from this time last year.

All hay stored on United States farms as of May 1, 2018 totaled 15.7 million tons, down 36 percent from the previous year. Disappearance from December 1, 2017 - May 1, 2018 totaled 70.6 million tons, compared with 71.4 million tons for the same period a year earlier.

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