The National Agriculture Statistics Service has released the latest crop production report. Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.25 billion bushels, down 25 percent
from 2016. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 48.8 bushels
per acre, down 6.5 bushels from last year’s record yield of 55.3 bushels per
For Colorado, approximately 2.19 million acres were harvested in 2016, while the 2017 harvest estimate for the state is 1.95 million acres. The 2016 average yield per acre for Colorado was 48 bushels, while the 2017 estimate is down nine bushels at 37 bushels per acre. While the 2016 Colorado crop yielded approximately 105 million bushels of winter wheat, the 2017 crop is expected to be lower, with a yield estimate of approximately 72.1 million bushels. The full crop report can be viewed here: CropProd-05-10-2017.
Hard Red Winter production, at 737 million bushels, is down 32 percent from a
year ago. Soft Red Winter, at 297 million bushels, is down 14 percent from
2016. White Winter, at 212 million bushels, is down 13 percent from last
year. Of the White Winter production, 16.8 million bushels are Hard White and
195 million bushels are Soft White.