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Posted on May 16, 2022 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




Wheat forecasts grim for Texas, global crops

By Gary Joiner

Texas wheat farmers had said their winter wheat crop was suffering.

Now, a May 12 USDA forecast confirms it.

Texas wheat production is forecast at 41.6 million bushels. That’s down 44% from last year.

Yield per acre is forecast at 32 bushels. That’s five bushels below 2021. Harvested acreage for grain, at 1.30 million acres, is down 35% from the previous year.

U.S. production is also lower. U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.17 billion bushels, down 8% from 2021. The U.S. yield is forecast at 47.9 bushels per acre, down 2.3 bushels from last year.

The world’s wheat crops are also under threat.

Production in Ukraine, one of the world’s biggest growers of wheat, will fall by one-third compared to last year. Other major producers are battling drought, floods and heatwaves. In all, global stockpiles are expected to dwindle to a six-year low.

It’s a tough year for wheat, here in Texas and in many spots around the world.

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