Spring wheat production falls
The USDA says spring wheat production dropped sharply in 2021 as drought in the northern and northwestern U.S. Plains slashed yields.
Production was 331.14 million bushels, a decrease of 256.365 million from 2020, with an average yield of 32.6 bushels per acre, a decline of 16 bushels on the year.
Planted and harvested area were also well below year ago levels.
Acreage this year will depend on whether or not the region remains locked in drought this spring.
The USDA’s 2022 prospective planting report is out at the end of March.
Year to year comparisons for applicable Brownfield states:
Minnesota: 55.68 million bushels, compared to 72.08 million in 2020; average yield of 48 bushels per acre, compared to 53 a year ago; harvested area of 1.16 million acres, compared to 1.36 million last year
South Dakota: 17.11 million bushels, compared to 35.485 million in 2020; average yield of 29 bushels per acre, compared to 47 a year ago; harvested area of 590,000 acres, compared to 755,000 last year