(NDAgConnection.com) – Based on May 1 conditions, North Dakota’s 2022 winter wheat crop is forecast at 4.23 million bushels, up 114% from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Average yield is forecast at 47 bushels per acre, up 14 bushels from last year. Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 90,000 acres, up 30,000 acres from last year. This would be 90% of the planted acres, above last year’s 67% harvested.

U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.17 billion bushels, down 8 percent from 2021. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 47.9 bushels per acre, down 2.3 bushels from last year’s average yield of 50.2 bushels per acre. Area expected to be harvested for grain or seed is forecast at 24.5 million acres, down 4 percent from last year.

May 1 North Dakota hay stocks of 520 thousand tons are down 45% from last year.

All hay stored on United States farms as of May 1, 2022, totaled 16.8 million tons, down 7 percent from May 1, 2021.

Disappearance from December 1, 2021 — May 1, 2022, totaled 62.2 million tons, down 6 percent from the same period a year earlier.