U.S.D.A. raises wheat production 2% from August

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — All wheat production in 2008 was estimated at 2,499,524,000 bus, up 2% from August and up 432,802,000 bus, or 21%, from 2,066,722,000 bus in 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its Small Grains 2008 Summary.

Durum production was estimated at 84,877,000 bus, down 2% from August but up 13,191,000 bus, or 18%, from 71,686,000 bus last year, the U.S.D.A. said.

Production of spring wheat other than durum was estimated at 546,744,000 bus, up 9% from August and up 67,697,000 bus, or 14%, from 479,047,000 bus in 2007.

Winter wheat production was estimated at 1,867,903,000 bus, down slightly from August but up 351,914,000, or 23%, from 1,515,989,000 bus in 2007.

The U.S.DA. lowered hard red winter wheat production by 20,008,000 bus from August to 1,035,235,000 bus, but raised soft red winter wheat production by 4,852,000 bus to 613,578,000 bus.

White winter wheat production was raised 8,202,000 bus from August to 219,090,000 bus, consisting of 22,730,000 bus hard white and 196,360,000 soft white.

Hard red spring wheat production for 2008 was estimated at 511,508,000 bus, up 45,288,000 bus from August. All white spring wheat was raised 468,000 bus to 35,236,000 bus, consisting of 28,921,000 soft white and 6,315,000 hard white.

Oats production was estimated at a record low 88,835,000 bus, down 1% from August and down 3% from 91,599,000 bus in 2007. Harvested area was 1.4 million acres, down 3% from August and 7% from last year, and "continuing a steady downward trend," the U.S.D.A. said.

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