May 09, 2008
Missouri Wheat Production Up Significantly
COLUMBIA, MO - "Unusually wet, cool weather across Missouri, especially in the Bootheel where fields have flooded, may hamper winter wheat yields, " said Gene Danekas, Director, Missouri Agricultural Statistics. "Yields are still expected to be substantially better than a year ago when a late freeze injured the wheat crop." Freeze damage during April 2007 was most extensive in the western and southern regions of the state.
The State production of winter wheat is forecast at 58.2 million bushels, based on conditions as of May 1, 2008, 54 percent above the 2007 crop and 19 percent above 2 years ago. Yields in the State are expected to average 52 bushels per acre, up 9 bushels from the 2007 yield but 2 bushels per acre below 2006. Harvested acres are forecast at 1.12 million acres, up 27 percent from the 2007 acreage level and 23 percent above 2006.
Missouri Hay Stocks Rebound Following Higher 2007 Production
May 1 hay stocks in Missouri at 900,000 tons, or 12 percent of production, are 44 percent above last year and 3 percent above 2006. After dry years in 2005 and 2006, improved production in 2007 allowed for rebuilding of stocks in most areas. However, feeding through the state’s cold winter still drew supplies well below the 10-year average May 1 level of over 1.2 million tons.
U.S. Winter Wheat Production Up 17 Percent
Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.78 billion bushels, up 17 percent from 2007. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 40.2 million acres, up 12 percent from last year. Based on May 1 conditions, the U.S. yield is forecast at 44.3 bushels per acre, up 2.1 bushels from the previous year.
Hard Red production is up 5 percent from a year ago to 1.01 billion bushels. Soft Red production is up 54 percent and totals 551 million bushels. White production totals 215 million bushels, up 10 percent from a year ago. Of the White production total, 23.2 million bushels are Hard White and 192 million bushels are Soft White.
|Missouri Wheat Production and Yield|
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|1/ May 1 Forecast|