SD winter wheat crop forecast down 15 percent

US Department of Ag says South Dakota winter wheat crop forecast down 15 percent

Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The latest forecast for South Dakota's winter wheat crop is down 15 percent from the previous month's forecast.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its crop reduction report that the forecast, based on July 1 conditions, stands at 25.4 million bushels. Average yield is forecast at 39 bushels per acre. This up six bushels from last month but down 11 bushels from last year. Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 650,000 acres, down 28 percent from the June 1 forecast and down 46 percent from last year.

Other spring wheat production is forecast at 55.4 million bushels, up 32 percent from last year.

Oat production is up 161 percent from last year, to 8. 88 million bushels.

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