WHEAT PRODUCTION FORECAST DOWN FROM 2004




Columbia, S.C., May 12, 2005:Based on May 1 conditions, SOUTH CAROLINA'SWINTER WHEAT production in 2005 is expected to total 7.43 million bushels, the USDA NASS South Carolina Statistical Service announced today. This is down 6 percent from the 7.92 million bushels produced in 2004, but 3 percent above the 7.22 million bushels produced in 2003. Acres for harvest, at 165,000, is down 15,000 acres from 2004 and down 20,000 from 2003. This year's expected average yield per acre of 45.0 bushels is up 1 bushel from 2004 and up 6 bushels from 2003.


Winter wheat production in the UNITED STATES is forecast at 1.59 billion bushels, up 6 percent from 2004. Based on May 1 conditions, the yield is forecast at 45.4 bushels per acre, 1.9 bushels more than last year. Grain area totals 35.1 million acres, up 2 percent from last season. Hard Red production is up 18 percent from a year ago to 1.01 billion bushels. Soft Red is down 21 percent and totals 302 million bushels. White production totals 283 million bushels, up 7 percent from a year ago. Of the White production total, 31.2 million bushels are Hard White and 251 million bushels are Soft White. This is the first year that production levels for Hard White and Soft White are available; therefore, there are no previous year comparisons.


 

For additional information:            Robert A. Graham, Director

                                                                        Steve Pavlasek, Deputy Director