Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ag Fact of the Week

With wheat harvest wrapping up across the country I wanted to talk a little about wheat...wheat yields across the country varied due to extreme drought, wet weather or heat. But regardless compared to 1950 we are producing 69% more wheat on 6% fewer acres.

Here is a great video that is on YouTube right now regarding a custom cutting is like Deadliest Catch for wheat harvest. Custom cutting crews have multiple combines, gravity wagons and people who start in Texas and work their way north cutting wheat until they get to Canada.

Source: USDA/NAS
1950 – 1 billion bushels on 62 million acres (17 bushels/acre)

2009 – 2.2 billion bushels on 50 million acres (44 bushels/acre)

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