Reports In On Michigan Wheat, Oats And Barley

Wheat yields were record setting, but less acres meant a production drop.

Published on: Oct 10, 2012

Michigan wheat producers have established a state record yield for the second consecutive year. However, production  was  down  20%  from  last  year's  record  level,  due  to  significantly  reduced  acreage, according  to  Jay  Johnson, director of the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office. Some highlights of the Small Grains Summary are as follows:

Wheat  yield,  at  76  bushels  per  acre,  was  up  one  bushel  from  2011's  record  setting  crop.  Harvested  acres  were  down 140,000 acres from 2011. Production was 41.04 million bushels, down 20% from last year.

Reports In On Michigan Wheat, Oats And Barley
Reports In On Michigan Wheat, Oats And Barley

Planting began in mid-September and was completed by mid-November. Wheat plantings were delayed or prevented due to a wetter than normal fall.  There  was  little  snow  cover  in  most  southern  parts  of  the  state  for  most  of  the  winter,  but  warmer  than  normal temperatures prevented frost and freeze loss.

Spring-like weather arrived in March, which allowed wheat to begin growth earlier than  normal. Timely  rains early  in  the  season  put  wheat  on  a  positive trajectory.  Hot,  dry  temperatures in June

largely  prevented  wheat  disease.  Harvest  began  two  weeks  earlier  than  normal.  Harvest  progressed  uneventfully  and wheat grain quality was excellent. Harvest was complete by mid-July, much earlier than normal.

Oat yield, at 60 bushels per acre, was down 4 bushels from last year. Harvested acreage, at 35,000, was up 5,000 acres from 2011. Production was up 9.3% due to increased acreage.

Oat planting began in late March, much earlier than normal, due to an early spring warm up. Oat planting was largely complete by late April, though some growers, especially those in the northern reaches of the state did not complete planting until late May. Oats were headed by early June and harvest began in early July. Yields were hindered due to lack of rain beginning in June. Harvest was complete by mid-

August, much earlier than normal.

Barley yield at 48 bushels per acre, was unchanged from last year. Growers harvested 9,000 acres up 1,000 from last year. Barley production increased 12.5% from 2011. Barley growers generally benefitted from the same weather patterns that aided wheat producers.