Feds issue first winter wheat forecast for 2018

This year’s winter wheat crop in Idaho is expected to be up from last year.  The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that Gem State growers should produce just over 59 million bushels of winter wheat this Summer, up 10% from 2017.  That’s driven largely by increased acreage of winter wheat this year.  Idaho farmers are predicted to get 80 bushels an acre on winter wheat based on May 1st conditions.

Washington’s winter wheat crop is expected to be off slightly from last year.  Evergreen State growers have the same number of acres in the ground at 1.7 million.  The agency is predicting that the Washington winter wheat yield will be down slightly this year to 72 bushels an acre producing 119 million bushels statewide.