COLUMBIA, MO - The USDA lowered the estimated Missouri winter wheat production to
49.4 million bushels, based on conditions as of June 1, 2013. This is a decrease of 950 thousand bushels from last month but is 10.1 million bushels above last year’s production and, if realized, would be the highest since 2008. Yields in the state are expected to average 52 bushels per acre, one bushel less than the May 1 forecast .
This production comes off of an estimated 1.1 million planted acres of which 950,000 are expected to be harvested for grain. Both planted and harvested acres are the highest since 2008 when 1.25 million acres were planted and 1.16 million acres were harvested. Most of the Missouri wheat crop was rated as fair to good as of June 9. No acres had been reported harvested as of that date when normally about 15 percent of the crop would be.
Last year, 60 percent of wheat in the state was harvested at this time.