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Michigan Wheat Growers Still Optimistic About This Crop
Michigan Ag Connection - 06/13/2018

Although expectations have decreased some from last month, Michigan winter wheat growers continue to be optimistic about this year's crop, expecting a yield of 90 bushels per acre, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office.

Michigan producers expect to harvest 490,000 acres, up 65,000 acres from last year. Wheat production in the State is expected to be 44.1 million bushels. The expected yield, if realized, would be a new record high for the State. Wheat condition improved from last month, following above average temperatures during the last two weeks of May. As of June 3, winter wheat was 46% headed, and the crop condition was rated at 1% very poor, 2% poor, 22% fair, 55% good and 20% excellent.

U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.20 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the May 1 forecast but down 6 percent from 2017. As of June 1, the United States yield is forecast at 48.4 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last month but down 1.8 bushels from last year's average yield of 50.2 bushels per acre.

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