Michigan Wheat Yields Down Slightly; Oats And Barely Are Up

Although wheat yield was down one bushel per acre, overall state production was up 10%.

Published on: Oct 9, 2013

According  to  Jay  Johnson,  Director  of  the  USDA,  NASS,  Great  Lakes  Regional  Office,  Michigan  wheat  producers averaged  75  bushels  per  acre,  down  one bushel from  last  year's  yield  of  76  bushels  per  acre.

Michigan wheat was grown on 630,000 acres, with 600,000 acres harvested for grain. Wheat production was 45 million bushels, up almost 10% when compared to 2012. Wheat planting began in early September and was completed by mid-November. Spring conditions, with ample moisture and cool temperatures benefitted the crop, and the crop remained in good condition throughout the growing season. Dry weather through the month of July allowed wheat harvest to be completed ahead of schedule. 

Michigan Wheat Yields Down Slightly; Oats And Barely Are Up
Michigan Wheat Yields Down Slightly; Oats And Barely Are Up

Michigan producers had an average oat yield of 62 bushels per acre, an increase of 2 bushels from last year. Harvested acres are 35,000, with no change from 2012. Production is up 3% at 2.17 million bushels. Most oats were planted by the beginning of June, slightly behind trend of the 5-year average. Oats were heading by mid-June. By mid-July, grain fill was complete and some harvest began. Harvest was complete by September 1. 

Barley  yield  for  the  2013  crop  year  was  52  bushels  per  acre,  an  increase  of  4  bushels  from  the  previous  year.  Ten thousand  acres  were  dedicated  to  barley  with  nine  thousand  acres  harvested  for  grain.  Barley  production  increased  8% from 2012 for a total production of 468,000 bushels. Barley growers benefitted from a cooler season, which led to an increased yield over the previous year.