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S.D. Winter Wheat Forecast Up 23 Percent from 2018
South Dakota Ag Connection - 05/13/2019

Based on May 1 conditions, South Dakota's 2019 winter wheat crop is forecast at 38.9 million bushels, up 23 percent from last year's crop, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 54 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 720,000 acres, up 60,000 acres from last year. This would be 83 percent of the planted acres, above last year's 80 percent harvested.

May 1 hay stocks of 1.20 million tons are down 3 percent from last year.

All hay stored on United States farms, as of May 1, 2019, totaled 14.9 million tons, down 3 percent from a year ago. Disappearance from December 1, 2018-May 1, 2019, totaled 64.1 million tons, compared with 69.1 million tons for the same period a year earlier. This marks the lowest May 1 hay stocks since the drought of 2012 and the second lowest since records began in 1950.

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