The Illinois winter wheat crop is expected to yield 61 bushels per acre, based on conditions as of May 1. That is five bushels above last year’s yield.
If this yield is realized, total production would be 44.5 million bushels, more than two and a half times last year’s production. Farmers seeded 760,000 acres to winter wheat last fall, and expect to harvest 730,000 acres for grain.
This compares to 330,000 acres seeded and 295,000 acres harvested in 2010.