Kansas Wheat Crop May Reach Highest Production Since 2003

Texas- Wheat and oat harvest across most of the state continued last week; however precipitation slowed small grain harvest in Northeast Texas. Late harvesting continued where moisture levels allowed farmers to return to the fields.

Oklahoma- The wheat harvest was 90 percent complete by Sunday, 54 points ahead of the five-year average. Plowing had reached 14 percent completion.

Kansas- The 2012 Kansas wheat crop is forecast at 387 million bushels as of June 1, unchanged from the May forecast, but up 40 percent from the 2011 crop. Should the trend continue, it would be the highest production since 2003. This year’s crop is expected to be harvested from nine million acres, up one million acres from 2011, making it the largest harvested area since 2006. Yield per harvested acre is expected to average 43 bushels, up eight bushels from last year’s drought-stricken yield of 35 bushels per acre.

Nebraska- At this time last year, no wheat had been harvested, compared to three percent this year. Wheat conditions rated three percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 42 percent good, and two percent excellent, well below 58 percent good to excellent last year and 66 average.   

South Dakota- Winter wheat was at 96 percent headed, ahead of the five year-average of 52 percent. Spring wheat was at 55 percent headed, with 94 percent in the boot stage.

Colorado- The crop was rated in mostly fair to good condition, while advancing to 63 points ahead of the five-year average. Winter wheat progressed to 82 percent turning color, and seven percent of the crop was reported ripe as of the end of last week.

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