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KY Winter Wheat Production Expected Down 20%

Date Posted: June 12, 2014

Kentucky farmers expect to harvest 36.5 million bushels of winter wheat during 2014 according to the Kentucky Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The expected crop for 2014 would be down 20 percent from the previous year. Farmers seeded 620,000 acres last fall with 500,000 acres to be harvested for grain.

Based on crop conditions as of May 1 and assuming a normal growing season, farmers expect a yield of 73.0 bushels per acre, down 2.0 bushels from 2013.

Acres for other uses totaled 120,000 acres and will be used as cover crop for tobacco or cut as silage or hay.

Seeding began in late September, but progressed behind the five-year average all fall because of wet conditions.

Weather has been variable since December in both temperatures and rainfall.

April weather was harsh in Kentucky as the State endured a hard freeze the latter half of the month.

Despite this, crop conditions steadily improved during the month of May.

As of June 1, the condition of the Kentucky wheat crop was rated 21 percent fair, 53 percent good and 19 percent excellent.

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