USDA reports 2012 U.S. wheat production was 2.269 billion bushels, up 13% from the 2011 total of 1.999 billion and matching the pre-report average of analysts’ estimates.
The average yield was 46.3 bushels per acre, compared to 43.7 last year. Planted area was 55.736 million acres, up 1.327 million on the year, and harvested area was 48.991 million acres, an increase of 3.286 million from a year ago. 2012 abandonment was 6.745 million acres, down from 2011′s 8.704 million.
The winter wheat crop was 1.645 billion bushels, 10% more than last year, with the average yield at 47.2 bushels per acre, up a full bushel from 2011. Winter wheat planted area was 41.324 million bushels, 678,000 above last year, with harvested area of 34.834 million acres, an increase of 2.52 million acres. Abandonment was 6.49 million acres, compared to 2011′s 8.332 million acres. By type, hard red winter was 1.004 billion bushels, 224 million more than a year ago, soft red winter was 419.8 million bushels, 38 million bushels less, and white winter was 221.55 million bushels, down 34.5 million bushels on the year.
Spring wheat production was 541.959 million bushels, 19% larger than 2011, with an average yield of 45 bushels per acre, compared to 37.7 a year ago. Planted acreage was 12.289 million acres, down 105,000 from last year, and harvested area was 12.055 million acres, 24,000 less than a year ago. Spring wheat abandonment was 234,000 acres, compared to 315,000 in 2011. By type, hard red spring wheat was 504.520 million bushels, an increase of 106.8 million on the year, with white spring wheat at 37.4 million bushels, a decrease of 20 million bushels.
Durum production was 81.956 million bushels, up 62% from 2011, with the average yield at 39 bushels per acre, up a half bushel on the year. Planted area for durum was 2.123 million acres, 754,000 more than a year ago, with harvested area at 2.102 million, 790,000 larger than last year. Abandonment was 21,000 acres, compared to 57,000 in 2011.
U.S. oat production was 64.024 million bushels, compared to 53.649 million in 2011, with an average yield of 61.3 bushels per acre, compared to 57.1 a year ago. Planted area was 2.76 million acres, 264,000 above last year, and harvested area was 1.045 million, up 106,000 on the year. Abandonment was 1.715 million acres, compared to 1.557 million in 2011.
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