Good harvest ahead, USDA predicts
Upper Midwest farmers generally are optimistic of harvesting good crops this fall. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report supports their optimism.
The July crop production report, issued July 12 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the USDA, predicts that 2018 production of durum, spring wheat and barley will be much higher than 2017 output.
Drought hammered most of the Upper Midwest in 2018, hurting crops. Growing conditions generally are much better this year, though heavy rains are a problem in places.
Here's a quick look at prominent Upper Midwest crops included in the new report:
U.S. — Total 2018 production of 613.9 million bushels, up from 416.2 million a year ago. Average yield per acre this year is pegged at 47.6 bushels, up from 41 bushels in 2017.
Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota all are projected to see large gains in total production and average yields per acre this year.
U.S. — Total 2018 production of 74.9 million bushels, up from 54.9 million a year ago. Average yield per acre is pegged at 40.7 million bushels, up from 25.7 million bushels a year ago.
North Dakota and Montana both are predicted to see a major increase in total production and average yield per acre.
U.S. — Total 2018 production of 154.6 million bushels, up from 141.9 million a year ago. Average yield is estimated at 75.6 bushels per acre, up from 72.6 bushels last year.
North Dakota and Montana both are projected to see a major increase in total production and average yield per acre. Montana's predicted average of 62 bushels per acre would be a record, if realized.
Read the full report here.