Crop conditions as of July 1 indicate that Wisconsin's production of both winter wheat and oats in the coming weeks will be down compared to 2012, according to a report early this week by the state's field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The projected harvest of 280,000 acres of winter wheat is 35,000 acres more than in 2012 but the yield outlook suggests an average yield of 57 bushels per bushel compared to 75 bushels last year.
This would put the state's production at 15.96 million bushels - down by 13 percent from the 18.375 million bushels in 2012.
Across the United States, a winter wheat harvest of just over 1.543 billion bushels is forecast - down by 6 percent from the 1.645 billion bushels in 2012.
Due to higher expected yields per acre, Illinois and Montana are looking for a larger winter wheat crop than a year ago but other major production states such as Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado will all be harvesting less acres with average yields close to or slightly lower than in 2012.
According to the report for July 1, Wisconsin's oats crop could have an average yield of 59 bushels this year - down by only one bushel from 2012.
With a harvest of grain from 125,000 acres, down by 5,000 from 2012, the state has a potential yield of 7.375 million bushels compared to 7.8 million bushels in 2012.
With the projected increases in South and North Dakota, the nation's oats crop is forecast to be 74.459 million bushels compared to 64.024 million a year ago.
South Dakota alone would account for more than one-half of that increase as a result of more than a doubling of its crop to a forecast 8.88 million bushels this summer.
This would put South Dakota at the top among the states in oats production compared to its 5th place standing in 2012. North Dakota is counting on a 1.3 million bushel increase to 8.12 million while Minnesota expects to match its 2012 production of 8.37 million bushels, which was the most for any state in 2012.