Tuesday, May 12, 2009

United States Department of Agriculture Reports Positive Yields For Missouri Farmers

Missouri Report From USDA May 12, 2009

Missouri Wheat Yields Above Average

(COLUMBIA, MO) - “Missouri wheat producers are expecting another good crop as the mild winter weather and ample spring rains are pointing to yields well above the 10 year average, " said Gene Danekas, Director, Missouri Agricultural Statistics. “Some drier weather and warm temperatures are needed to complete the crop.”

The State production of winter wheat is forecast at 38.3 million bushels, based on conditions as of May 1, 2009, 31 percent below the 2008 crop but 1 percent above 2 years ago. Yields in the State are expected to average 51 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from the 2008 yield and 8 bushels per acre above 2007. Harvested acres are forecast at 750,000 acres, down 35 percent from the 2008 acreage level and 15 percent below 2007.

Missouri Hay Stocks Second Largest on Record

May 1 hay stocks in Missouri at 2,050,000 tons, or 23 percent of production, are up from 900,000 tons last year and 625,000 tons in 2007. After the second largest hay crop on record and a mild winter, hay supplies are well above the 10-year average May 1 level of over 1.20 million tons. This is the second largest May 1 hay stocks on record.

U.S. Winter Wheat Production Down 20 Percent

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.50 billion bushels, down 20 percent from 2008. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 34.0 million acres, down 14 percent from last year. Based on May 1 conditions, the U.S. yield is forecast at 44.2 bushels per acre, down 3.0 bushels from the previous year.

Hard Red production is down 16 percent from a year ago to 871 million bushels. Soft Red production is down 31 percent and totals 422 million bushels. White production totals 208 million bushels, down 5 percent from a year ago. Of the White production total, 20.8 million bushels are Hard White and 188 million bushels are Soft White.

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