NW Winter Wheat Production Forecast Down 10% From May

According to NASS, the expected winter wheat crops is slightly smaller than predicted just a month ago. As of June 1st, Idaho’s winter wheat production is forecast at 59.2 million bushels, down 11% from last year. Harvested area, at 680,000 acres, is up 20,000 acres from 2020. Yield is expected to average 87.0 bushels per […]

Drought Conditions Very Concerning For Northwest Wheat Growers

2021 is shaping up to be one of the driest years of recent, if not of a generation. Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers said it is so dry already, that some are speculating this could be the worst drought reported in 100 years. Because of that, the wheat crop […]

Rippey Looks At Winter & Spring Wheat Numbers

The wheat growing season is progressing nicely across the country. “The winter wheat crop, two thirds, or 67% headed nationally on May 23rd Catching up to the five-year average which is 69% and actually moving ahead of last year’s 66%, said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. He said winter wheat condition was a mixed bag. “We […]

NW Winter Wheat Off 14% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, winter wheat production across the Northwest dropped 14% from 2020 to this year. As of May 1st, the production forecast for Idaho sits at 64.6 million bushels, down 3% year-over-year. Yield is expected to average 95.0 bushels per acre, down six bushels from last year. Growers planted an estimated 730,000 acres in […]

NASS: Winter Wheat Acres Planted Up From 2020

According to Lance Honig with NASS, nationwide, winter wheat growers put in about 33 million acres, for the first year-over-year acreage increase since 2013. “Our first forecast for harvested area for grain thought, is 24.6 million acres that’s up 6.9%year-over-year.” But the gap between planted and harvested is still quite large. And Honig noted there’s […]

USDA: Cooler Weather Slows Winter Wheat Progress

Cooler weather across the country has slowed the progress of the national winter wheat crop. “We continue to see cold weather slowing overall development of the crop, so it is running a few days behind schedule,” said USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “38% of the U.S. winter wheat headed by May 9th. The five-year average is […]

Winter Wheat Heading Behind Schedule Nationally

When it comes to the national pace of winter wheat heading, things are slightly behind schedule. “We’re seeing just 27% of the over winter wheat crop headed on May 2nd. That’s well behind the 5-year average pace of 34%. Also behind last year’s 30%.” USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said there are signs of heading in […]

Winter Wheat Numbers Slightly Behind Five-Year Average

When taking a look at the latest national winter wheat numbers, the USDA says 10% of the crop is heading, which is behind the five-year average of 14% also behind last year’s 13%. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said while the heading pace is currently behind schedule. “That’s a little piece of good news as we […]

National Winter Wheat Conditions Behind Average

With drying conditions reported across a fair portion of the country, what impact has that had on winter wheat? “We see 5% of the U.S. winter wheat headed on that date,” noted USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “The April 11th Average is 7%; last year 6% headed. We see Texas leading the way.” The only other […]

Northwest Soils Very Dry For Early April

Soils continue to dry out a cross the Northwest. According to the latest numbers from NASS, 12% of Idaho’s topsoil moisture is very short, while 14% if short. In Washington 15% of the topsoil moisture is very short, while 32% is short. And in Oregon, 25% of the topsoil moisture is very shot, with another […]