USDA area crop production reports

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South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS — Based on May 1 conditions, South Dakota’s 2014 winter wheat crop is forecast at 49.1 million bushels, up 88 percent from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 45 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.09 million acres, up 63 percent from last year. This would be 91 percent of planted acres.

May 1 hay stocks, at 1.48 million tons, are up 74 percent compared to one year ago.

North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Based on May 1 conditions, North Dakota’s 2014 winter wheat crop is forecast at 33.1 million bushels, up 276 percent from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 46 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 720 thousand acres, up 251 percent from last year. This would be 90 percent of planted acreage.

May 1 hay stocks, at 1.20 million tons, are up 36 percent compared to one year ago.

Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Based on May 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2014 winter wheat crop is forecast at 55.4 million bushels, up 40 percent from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 39 bushels per acre, up 4 bushels from a year earlier.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.42 million acres, up 26 percent from a year ago. This would be 95 percent of the planted acres, well above last year’s 77 percent harvested.

May 1 hay stocks of 1.15 million tons are near double that of last year, up 89 percent from 2013.