Wheat harvest could bounce back this summer

The latest report Friday from the South Dakota Wheat Commission says 94 percent of winter wheat had headed as of June 25.

That’s less than last year at 100 percent but more than the five-year average of 89.

As for spring wheat, 67 percent had headed. Last year 82 percent had, while the five-year average was 52 percent.

Farmers planted 830,000 acres of winter wheat last fall in South Dakota, down 9 percent from fall 2016. Harvest is forecast on 730,000, up 210,000.

There’s more spring wheat this year. Farmers planted 1,050,000 acres, up 8 percent. The latest forecast calls for harvest on 1,020,000 acres. That would be up 52 percent.