Based on conditions as of June 1, Indiana winter wheat growers anticipate a smaller harvest this year than in 2013 due to fewer acres harvested and a lower statewide yield. At the first of the month, 70% was rated good to excellent. With 84% of the crop headed, growers are more optimistic about the yield potential than on May 1, as the statewide yield forecast increased 2 bushels to 68 bushels per acre.
Indiana wheat growers expect to harvest 390,000 acres, down 50,000 acres from last year. Wheat production in the State is expected to total 26.5 million bushels.
U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.38 billion bushels, down 2 percent from the May 1 forecast and down 10 percent from 2013. Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 42.4 bushels per acre, down 0.7 bushel from last month and down 5.0 bushels from last year.