SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s winter wheat production is forecast to be down 14 percent from last year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its May Crop Report that the forecast for 2012 is 57.2 million bushels, down from 66.8 million bushels in 2011.
The 2012 winter wheat yield is forecast at 44 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last year.
But harvested acreage is estimated at 1.3 million acres, down 290,000 acres from 2011. And planted acreage at 1.35 million acres is down 18 percent from the previous year.
Across the country, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.69 billion bushels, up 13 percent from 2011.
Quarterly milk production in South Dakota totaled 492 million pounds, up 7 percent from the same quarter last year.
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