WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its June Crop Production report forecast 2008 U.S. winter wheat production at 1,817,364,000 bus, up 39,832,000 bus, or 2%, from 1,777,532,000 bus forecast in May and up 20% from 1,515,989,000 bus last year.
The U.S.D.A. forecast yield at 45.3 bus per acre based on conditions as of June 1, up 1 bu from 44.3 bus forecast in May and up 3.1 bus from 42.2 bus last year. Harvested area was forecast at 40,162,000 acres, unchanged from May and up 12% from 2007.
Production of hard red winter wheat was forecast at 1,029,523,000 bus, up 2% from 1,011,255,000 bus forecast in May and up 7% from 961,588,000 bus in 2007. Soft red winter was forecast at 571,627,000 bus, up 4% from 550,826,000 bus in May and up 60% from 357,897,000 bus last year. White winter wheat outturn was forecast at 216,214,000 bus, up slightly from 215,451,000 bus in May and up 10% from 196,504,000 bus last year.
The U.S.D.A. forecast was slightly above the average trade expectation of 1,813 million bus for all winter wheat, below the average of 1,038 million bus for hard red, above the average of 562 million bus for soft red and above the average of 213 million bus for white winter.