Pierre, SD weather

Winter Wheat Harvest Expected To Be At 50 Year Low

Monday, May 15, 2017

South Dakota farmers this year are expected to harvest the fewest acres of winter wheat in nearly half a century.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Ag statistics service estimates 780,000 acres of winter wheat will be harvested in July, down 29 percent from the 2016 harvest of 1.1 million acres.

Caren Assman, Executive Director of South Dakota Wheat Incorporated, says many farmers didn't plant wheat this year because of low prices due to big wheat supplies worldwide…

(Caren 1)

She adds that the worldwide demand for wheat is actually at a 30 year low…

(Caren 2)

Assman is optimistic that we are just one year away from a change in the wheat demand…

(Caren 3)

Total harvest production of winter wheat in the state is expected to be 43.7 million bushels, down 32 percent from last year.

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