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Michigan Winter Wheat Yield Down, Oat Yield Up
Michigan Ag Connection - 07/12/2019

Michigan's 2019 winter wheat production is forecast at 36.8 million bushels, according to Marlo Johnson, regional director, USDA NASS, Great Lakes Region. This report is based on conditions as of July 1, 2019. Some highlights of the Crop Production Report follow:

The Michigan winter wheat yield is forecast at 75 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from the previous year but up 1 bushel from the June 1 forecast. As of June 30, three percent of the wheat crop was mature, 28 points lower than the 5-year average of 31 percent. Crop condition at the end of June was rated 44 percent good to excellent, compared with 71 percent at the same time last year.

Oat yield in Michigan is forecast at 67 bushels per acre, up 4 bushels from last year. As of June 30, thirty-five percent of the crop was headed, compared with 63 percent last year and the 5-year average of 70 percent. The crop condition was rated 60 percent good to excellent at the end of June.

Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.29 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the June 1 forecast and up 9 percent from 2018. As of July 1, the United States yield is forecast at 51.8 bushels per acre, up 1.3 bushels from last month and up 3.9 bushels from last year's average yield of 47.9 bushels per acre. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 24.9 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 28, 2019, but up 1 percent from last year.

United States oats production is forecast at 61.6 million bushels, up 15 percent from 2018 for comparable States. Growers expect to harvest 909,000 acres for grain or seed, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 28, 2019, but up 10 percent from 2018 for comparable States. Based on conditions as of July 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 67.8 bushels per acre, up 2.5 bushels from 2018 for comparable States.

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