Virginia’s 2012 wheat crop is expected to total 18,560,000 bushels, according to the initial season forecast just released by the Virginia Field Office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service, a branch of the USDA. If realized, production will be up 810,000 bushels from 2011, a five percent increase. Producers in the Commonwealth are expected to harvest 290,000 acres of wheat that will yield an average of 64 bushels per acre. That is 16.4 bushels above the projected national yield.
As of early May, the majority of Virginia’s wheat crop is in fair to good condition.
Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.69 billion bushels, up 13 percent from 2011. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 35.6 million acres, up 10 percent from last year. Based on May 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 47.6 bushels per acre, up 1.4 bushels from last year.