USA:Wheat-Crop Yield in North Dakota May Decline After Excess Rain

Wheat yields in North Dakota, the biggest U.S. producer, may drop this year from a record in 2009 because of excessive rain during April planting, the government’s National Agriculture Statistics Service estimates, reported “Kazakh-Zerno” IA with reference to the “Bloomberg“.
“People are expecting yields will not be as good,” Darin Jantzi, the director of the service’s North Dakota office in Fargo, said today in an interview before the start of an annual tour of wheat fields this week. The NASS is a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As much as three times the normal precipitation fell in the state during the past 60 days, data from the National Weather Service show. While conditions have been “good,” last year’s crop was exceptional, said Jantzi, who is one of about 50 participants in the tour, which includes farmers, grain buyers, analysts and government officials.
“It was cooler last year when we set a record for some of our small grains,” Jantzi said. “This year’s been a little warmer.” While yields will be smaller, the quality of the wheat is likely to be better, he said.
The U.S. is the biggest exporter of wheat, followed by Canada, Australia and Russia.
North Dakota spring-wheat production was expected to drop to 281.7 million bushels, down 2.8 percent from a year earlier, the USDA said on July 9. Yields in the state are expected to be 43 bushels an acre, down from last year’s 46 bushels, the highest ever, USDA data show. Growers planted 6.7 million acres this year, up 3.9 percent from 2009, the USDA said.
U.S. Production
U.S. spring-wheat yields were forecast by the USDA at 44.6 bushels an acre, 0.5 bushel below last year’s record. Production was estimated to be 606.8 million bushels, up 3.8 percent from the prior year, USDA data show.
Some farmers couldn’t get into North Dakota fields during planting because of wet weather, F. Adnan Akyuz, the state climatologist, said in an interview. Some growers were seeding in mid-June, later than normal, he said.
Wheat is the fourth-biggest U.S. crop, valued at $10.6 billion last year, behind corn, soybeans and hay, government data show.
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