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 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.