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October 3, 2016
Virginia Winter Wheat Production down 33 percent from 2015
Lowest Wheat and Barley Yields since 2010
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today the results of the Small Grains Production Survey conducted in September by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

“This year’s winter wheat crop experienced a cold, wet spring in some areas in the state,” said Herman Ellison, Virginia state statistician with NASS. “The wheat yield is the lowest since 2010 when yield was estimated at 51 bushels per acre.”

Virginia farmers harvested 9.28 million bushels of winter wheat during the summer of 2016 according to NASS. This was down 33 percent from the previous year and down 4 percent from the August forecast. Yield is estimated at 53 bushels per acre, down 13 bushels from 2015 and down 2 bushels from the August forecast. Farmers seeded 210,000 acres last fall, down 50,000 acres from 2015. Area harvested for grain totaled 175,000 acres. Acres for other uses totaled 35,000 acres.

Barley production for Virginia is estimated at 804,000 bushels, down 33 percent from the 2015 total. Average yield per acre, at 67 bushels, is down 8 bushels from the previous year. Producers seeded 33,000 acres in 2016, down 13,000 acres from last year. Harvested area, at 12,000 acres, is down 4,000 acres from 2015.

“Due to freeze damage some Virginia barley growers abandoned fields this year,” Ellison said. “The average barley yield is estimated the same as 2010 when the yield was estimated at 67 bushels per acre.”

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