Better Summer

The spring wheat crop in North Dakota is projected by the USDA to be 50% higher than last year.  Some of that is from extra planting acres in comparison to 2017 and some is because weather conditions have been much more favorable this year.  Average yield is forecasted to be up 7 bushels an acre from what was harvested last year.  Barely and oat production is also expected to be noticeably higher than 2017 with again, a combination of more acres planted and higher yields associated with the better weather conditions this year in comparison to last year.  Weather patterns can change quickly in our area, but right now no significant changes are foreseen in the short-term.

Daryl Ritchison