2017 Winter Wheat Production Down 25 Percent From 2016/Hay Stocks Down 3 Percent
United States winter wheat production is forecast at 1.25 billion bushels, down 25 percent from 2016. As of May 1, the yield is forecast at 48.8 bushels per acre, down 6.5 bushels from last year’s record yield of 55.3 bushels per acre. State level data for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina will be released in the September Small Grains Summary.
All hay stored on United States farms as of May 1, 2017 totaled 24.4 million tons, down 3 percent from the previous May. Disappearance from December 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 totaled 71.4 million tons, compared with 69.9 million tons for the same period a year earlier.
2016 Cotton Ginnings Up 33 Percent
A total of 16.7 million running bales were ginned during the 2016 season, up 33 percent from last season. There were 556 active cotton gins, down from the 560 gins that operated in 2015. Fifty-five percent of the gins processed more than 20,000 running bales compared with 42 percent the previous season.
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