The state's winter wheat production is projected at 38.9 million bushels according to a report this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's state Field Office.
Director Jay Johnson said its Crop Production Report based on conditions as of July 1 show that the Michigan winter wheat yield is projected at 72 bushels per acre, the same as the June forecast. The harvest was about two weeks ahead of schedule and conditions were reported at 53 percent good to excellent, 36 percent fair, and 11 percent poor to very poor.
Oat yields in Michigan were projected at 64 bushels per acre, unchanged from last year. Oats were also progressing ahead of normal because of warm temperatures. Conditions were reported at 53 percent rated good to excellent, 35 percent as fair and 12 percent at poor to very poor.
Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.67 billion bushels, up 12 percent from 2011. The area expected to be harvested for grain totals 35 million acres, up 8 percent from last year.
U.S. oat production is forecast at 65.3 million bushels, up 22 percent from record low production in 2011.