USDA: ND winter wheat crop bigger than projectedGRAND FORKS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota's record winter wheat crop will be even bigger than initially projected.
GRAND FORKS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota's record winter wheat crop will be even bigger than initially projected.
In the Grand Forks Herald report, the USDA says that the crop planted in September will reap 35.3 million bushels next month, up 2 percent from its May forecast. That's 154 percent above 2011 production.
The previous record production was 26.2 million bushels in 2009.
Average yields are expected to be 49 bushels an acre, up 1 bushel from the USDA's May projection. The record winter wheat yield was 55 bushels in 2010.
The wet and late spring last year kept many crop acres unplanted across North Dakota. That made the winter wheat planted in September a better-than-normal opportunity.
Information from: Grand Forks Herald, http://www.grandforksherald.com