On Friday, July 10th, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released a new Crop Production Report. According to the report, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.22 billion bushels, down 4 percent from the June 1 forecast and down 7 percent from 2019. As of July 1, the United States yield is forecast at 52.0 bushels per acre, down 0.1 bushel from last month and down 1.6 bushels from last year’s average yield of 53.6 bushels per acre. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 23.4 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 30, 2020, but down 4 percent from last year.
For Arkansas, USDA estimates 75,000 winter wheat acres harvested with an average yield of 56 bushels per acre. This indicates a fifty percent increase in acreage from 2019 and steady yield from 2019.