Colorado Ranked 3rd in U.S. Winter Wheat Production, Largest Crop in 10 Years


166002The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee announced today that Colorado is officially ranked 3rd in U.S. winter wheat production for 2009, with an estimated production of 93,600,000 bushels, the largest crop in 10 years. This year Colorado trails only Kansas and Washington state.

On a 10-year average, Colorado has been 8th in U.S. winter wheat production, and was ranked 10th last year. Darrell Hanavan, executive director for the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, said Colorado has never before been ranked so high.

The Colorado yield in 2009 is projected at 39 bushels per acre. Yields of over 100 bushels on dryland fields were reported near Burlington. Yields in the southeastern part of the state were closer to average, with the larger yields coming along the I-70 corridor and north.

Drought and freeze caused crop failures in Texas and Oklahoma, which usually outrank Colorado in winter wheat production.

Cool weather in June during grain filling and more abundant moisture than the last several years is credited with helping produce the large crop.

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  1. […] increased their estimate of Colorado winter wheat acres harvested to 2,450,000 from 2,400,000 estimated on August 12, and their estimated yield per acre from 39 bushels per acre to 40 bushels per […]

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