All wheat yield up from a year ago

All wheat production in Montana, estimated at 212.68 million bushels, is up 13 percent from 2015, according to the Sept. 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All wheat yield was 42.3 bushels per acre, up 7.2 bushels per acre from a year ago.

Winter wheat producers seeded 2.25 million acres in the fall of 2015 for harvest in 2016, down from 2.35 million acres seeded for the previous year’s crop. Area harvested for grain decreased 70,000 acres from last year to 2.15 million acres in 2016. Winter wheat production is estimated at 105.35 million bushels, up 16 percent from last year. Winter wheat yield, at 49.0 bushels per acre, is up 8.0 bushels per acre from last year, and equal to the previous record high yield set in 2010.

Spring wheat seedings, at 2.15 million acres, are down 500,000 acres from last year. Area harvested totaled 2.11 million acres, down from 2.54 million acres harvested last year. Spring wheat production is estimated at 75.96 million bushels, down four percent from last year. Spring wheat yield, at 36.0 bushels per acre, is up 5.0 bushels per acre from last year.

Durum wheat seedings, at 780,000 acres, are up 160,000 acres from last year. Area harvested totaled 765,000 acres, up from 605,000 acres harvested last year. Durum wheat production is estimated at 31.37 million bushels, up 67 percent from last year. Durum wheat yield, at 41.0 bushels per acre, is up 10 bushels per acre from last year, and is a new record high yield, 6.0 bushels per acre above the previous record yield of 35.0 bushels per acre, set in 2013.

Oat seedings in Montana totaled 60,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from last year. Producers harvested 28,000 acres for grain or seed, up 6,000 acres from 2015. Oat production totaled 1.32 million bushels in 2016, up 13 percent from last year. Oat yield is 47.0 bushels per acre in 2016, down 6.0 bushels per acre from the previous year.

Montana’s barley seeded area, at 990,000 acres, is unchanged from last year. Harvested area, at 780,000 acres, is down 80,000 acres from 2015. Barley yield, at 60.0 bushels per acre, is up 8.0 bushels per acre from last year. Barley production in 2016 is estimated at 46.80 million bushels, up 5 percent from the previous year.

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