Kimberly Cantrell, Texas Wheat Intern

The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its monthly Crop Production report on June 9 for the Southern Plains Region. The data for the report is compiled through a farm operator survey and objective yield surveys, conducted by analysis of test plots throughout the region.

The June report shows no changes from the May report; however, acres planted, average yield and acreage for grain in the 2017 crop production year are down from previous years.

In Texas, a total of 4.8 million acres were planted in the 2017 production year, with 2.3 million acres expected to be harvested for grain, which is down 18 percent from 2016. The overall production forecast is 69 million bushels for 2017, down 23 percent from 2016.

On a national scale, the U.S. production forecast is 1.25 billion bushels for 2017, down 25 percent for 2016. Average yield is expected to be 48.9 bushels per acre, 6.4 bushels below last year’s average. Harvested acres are expected to be down by 15 percent from 2016, coming in at 25.6 million acres for 2017.

The full report is available here.