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June 11, 2007

Missouri Wheat Acreage Improves

Columbia, MO - "The Missouri winter wheat acreage for harvest forecast is up 50,000 acres from May. Some of the freeze-damaged fields recovered better than anticipated and are expected to be harvested for grain," said Gene Danekas, Director, Missouri Agricultural Statistics. "Flooding in northern and central Missouri the second week of May affected only minimal acreage throughout the region."

Based on conditions on June 1, the State production of winter wheat is forecast at 33.6 million bushels, up 7 percent from the May 1 forecast but 32 percent below last year. Yields in the State are expected to average 42 bushels per acre, unchanged from the May 1 forecast but down 12 bushels from the 2006 yield. Harvested acres are forecast at 800,000, up 7 percent from the May 1 forecast but down 12 percent from the 2006 acreage level. Wet weather after the Easter freeze helped fields recover as producers were prevented from developing other alternatives.

U.S. Winter Wheat Production Down Slightly from May

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.61 billion bushels, down slightly from the May 1 forecast but 24 percent above 2006. Based on June 1 conditions, the U.S. yield is forecast at 43.2 bushels per acre, down 0.3 bushel from last month but 1.5 bushels more than last year. Grain area totals 37.2 million acres, up fractionally from May 1.

Hard Red production is up slightly from a month ago to 1.03 billion bushels. Soft Red is down 2 percent from last month and now totals 341 million bushels. White production totals 237 million bushels, down 1 percent from last month. Of the White production total, 18.9 million bushels are Hard White and 218 million bushels are Soft White.

Wheat yields in states adjacent to Missouri are: Arkansas 42; Illinois 55; Kansas 38; Kentucky 38; Nebraska 42; Oklahoma 33 and Tennessee 32.

Missouri Wheat Production and Yield
By District
Area Acres Planted Acres Harvested Yield Production
2006 20071/ 2006 20071/ 2006 20071/ 2006 20071/
  -thousands- -thousands- -bu/acre- -thousand bu.-
NW 47.6 67 45.8 55 60 42 2,740 2,308
NC 82.4 90 79.8 85 62 41 4,930 3,500
NE 118.8 108 114.5 103 66 49 7,520 5,090
WC 139.9 136 131.0 118 46 38 5,960 4,510
C 121.4 148 106.7 102 50 44 5,380 4,510
EC 70.8 57 64.0 48 50 48 3,210 2,320
SW 131.3 119 108.0 95 30 38 3,260 3,630
SC 11.2 8 7.5 3 49 34 367 102
SE 276.6 317 252.7 191 62 40 15,773 7,630
State 1,000.0 1,050 910.0 800 54 42 49,140 33,600
1/ June 1 Forecast