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Better Spring Wheat Yields

WASHINGTON - Aug 12/20 - SNS -- Production of spring wheat other than durum is forecast at 577 million bushels, up 5% from the previous forecast and up 3% from 2019, according to the latest USDA crop production forecast.

The United States yield is forecast at 49.0 bushels per acre, up 2.4 bushels from the previous forecast and up 0.8 bushel from a year ago. If realized, this will be the highest United States yield on record.

Of the total production, 530 million bushels are Hard Red Spring wheat, up 2% from last year.

The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed is expected to total 11.8 million acres, unchanged from last month, but 1% above 2019. A record high yield is forecast in Montana for 2020.

Other Spring Wheat Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2019 and
Forecasted August 1, 2020
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                    :    Area harvested     :          Yield per acre           :      Production
                    :-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        State       :           :           :           :         2020          :           :
                    :   2019    :   2020    :   2019    :-----------------------:   2019    :   2020
                    :           :           :           :  July 1   : August 1  :           :
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                    :  --- 1,000 acres --       ---------- bushels ---------       -- 1,000 bushels --
                    :
Idaho ..............:     440         510       89.0        84.0        82.0        39,160      41,820
Minnesota ..........:   1,400       1,260       57.0        57.0        58.0        79,800      73,080
Montana ............:   2,760       2,850       37.0        38.0        40.0       102,120     114,000
North Dakota .......:   5,950       5,850       49.0        45.0        48.0       291,550     280,800
South Dakota .......:     605         815       43.0        41.0        45.0        26,015      36,675
Washington .........:     505         510       47.0        60.0        61.0        23,735      31,110
                    :
United States ......:  11,660      11,795       48.2        46.6        49.0       562,380     577,485
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