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Winter wheat projection down 21 percent from 2016

Expected to harvest 25.2 million bushels

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2017) — Kentucky farmers expect to harvest 25.2 million bushels of winter wheat during 2017 according to the Kentucky field office of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The expected crop for 2017 would be down 21 percent from the previous year. The forecast was based on crop conditions as of June 1 and increased 3 percent from the May forecast.

Growers expect a yield of 72 bushels per acre, down 8 bushels from 2016 and up 2 bushels from the May 1 forecast.

Farmers seeded 490,000 acres last fall with 350,000 acres to be harvested for grain. Acres for other uses totaled 140,000 acres and will be used as cover crop for tobacco or cut as silage or hay. Winter wheat production for the Nation was forecast at 1.25 billion bushels, up slightly from the May 1 forecast and down 25 percent from 2016.

Based on June 1 conditions, the U.S. yield is forecast at 48.9 bushels per acre, up 0.1 bushels from last month and down 6.4 bushels from last year. The expected area to be harvested for grain or seed totals 25.6 million acres, down 15 percent from last year.