Best Yield Ever- Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Push Bushels Per Acre to Forty on the Way to 110 Million Bushel Crop in 2019Mon, 12 Aug 2019 12:09:47 CDT
The 2019 Oklahoma Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop is a record yielding crop- and has been revised one more time by the USDA National Ag Statistics Service in their August 2019 Crop Production Report. For the first time ever, the state of Oklahoma has averaged forty bushels per acre statewide- and that has allowed Oklahoma to claim third place in overall winter wheat production on a state by state basis- behind Kansas and Washington.
USDA started the 2019 Oklahoma wheat production predictions back in May with a guestimate of 105 Million Bushels, based on an average of 35 bushels per acre for 3 million harvested acres. In that same time frame, the annual wheat review hosted by the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association predicted a bigger crop than what USDA foresaw- with the elevator operators and others at that meeting offered a guess of 119.268 million bushels- based on 37 bushels per acre and a harvested acre number of 3.19 million acres.
By that time, the rains had really started to impact the crop, slowing the final development of the crop and resulting in acres not being harvested for grain. However, the June first Crop Production estimate still had USDA thinking that three million acres would be harvested- by that point- they saw a 37 bushel per acre yield and 111 million bushels being harvested.
By the time the July first Crop Production Report was released- harvsted was really complete in the state of Oklahoma- and the number of harvested acres were being rolled back by USDA- the call was for 2.75 million acres, a yield of 38 bushels per acre which added up to 104.5 million bushels of total production.
Now- the August Crop Production report has been released by USDA- and what is likely to be the final number for 2019 has the same harvested acre number as the previous month at 2.75 million acres, with yield up again to 40 bushels, which brings the final bushels raised in 2019 at 110 million bushels.
Most farmers that were able to harvest their fields for grain were pleasantly surprised by the yields, even when combines were delayed for days and days because of wet weather.
Nationally, the USDA says the winter wheat crop has swelled by 18% from 2018 t 2019, with 1.3 billion bushels produced this year. The largestheat producing state is easily Kansas, with the Sunflower State hitting 53 bushels per acre and a total crop of 349.8 million bushels in 2019, up 25% from 2018's production.
To review the complete August USDA Crop Production report, click or tap here.
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