ENID, Okla. — Wheat estimate down again
In a report released recently, NASS estimates Oklahoma’s wheat crop will be 59.4 million bushels, down 5 percent from last month and down 44 percent from last year.
The number of acres expected to be harvested came in at 3.3 million, which is 100,000 down from last year, but unchanged from May.
Yield, which has been affected by the on-going drought and a late freeze, is forecast to be 18 bushels an acre, according to NASS. That’s down 13 bushels an acre from last year and down one bushel an acre from May’s report.
Last year’s wheat crop in Oklahoma came in at 105.4 million bushels, with a yield of 31 bushels an acre, according to NASS.
North central Oklahoma, which includes Garfield County, will continue to be the top wheat-producing region in Oklahoma, with an expected harvest of 21.65 million bushels. That is less than half of last year’s harvest of 48.5 million bushels.
Yield for the north central region is expected to be about 20 bushels an acre, down from 37.7 bushels an acre last year, according to NASS.
Planted and harvested acres also are down from last year.
Nationwide, the winter wheat crop is expected to be 1.38 billion bushels, according to NASS, which is down 10 percent from last year. Kansas, the country’s top wheat-producing state, is forecast to harvest 244 million bushels, down 24 percent from last year.