Regional stats: good to excellent returns on 2016 harvests

Photo by Jeff Zenner Photography

Credit: Photo by Jeff Zenner Photography
Photo by Jeff Zenner Photography



Regional producers saw a good to excellent return on wheat and barley harvests in 2016, compared with dismal totals reported the prior year, per estimates released this winter by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

County data is based on reports from September Acreage and Production Survey and County Agricultural Production Survey. In some county instances (as noted), data was withheld to avoid disclosing information for individual operations.

Idaho County

For Idaho County, 2016 saw a dramatic increase in crop production, in comparison to the prior year, per data released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Increases, per crop, varied from more than half to one-and-a-half times what producers saw in 2015.

Winter Wheat

Winter wheat production for 2016 was substantially higher than the prior year: 93.7 bushels per acre for a total 5,536,000 bushels, up nearly 58 percent (2,021,000 bushels) from the year prior.

In 2016, 62,100 acres were planted and 59,100 were harvested, compared with 61,200 planted and 57,200 harvested in 2015.

Spring Wheat

From 2015 to 2016, spring wheat production in Idaho County was up by 60 percent: a total 497,000 bushels.

Last year, 15,100 acres were planted and 14,600 were harvested for a yield-per-acre of 90.4 bushels. In 2015, 25,500 acres were planted and 24,400 were harvested for a yield-per-acre of 33.7 bushels.

Barley

Barley harvest saw a dramatic increase from 2015 to 2016, with production up 174 percent with a difference of 746,000 bushels.

In 2016, 13,800 were planted and 12,600 were harvested for a 93.2 bushel yield-per-acre. In 2015, 11,000 acres were planted and 10,400 harvested for a 41.2 bushel yield per acre.

Latah County

Winter Wheat

Production was an additional 914,000 bushels more in 2016 than the prior year, up 19 percent for a total 5,720,000. The 2016 yield-per-acre (YPA) was 90.8 bushels versus 74.9 in 2015.

In 2016, 68,000 acres were planted and 63,000 harvested versus 70,200 planted and 64,200 harvested in 2015.

Spring Wheat

In 2016, 11,904,000 bushels were produced, up 20 percent (311,000) from the prior year. The 2016 YPA was 74.7 versus 50.4 in 2015.

In 2016, 26,300 acres were planted and 25,500 harvested, versus 33,000 planted and 31,600 harvested in 2015.

Barley

Production was up 11 percent for a total 864,000 bushels in 2016, an increase of 86,000 from the prior year. YPA was 78.5 versus 67.1 in 2015.

In 2016, 11,300 acres were planted and 11,000 harvested, versus 13,600 planted and 11,600 harvested in 2015.

Lewis County

Winter Wheat

2016 harvest was up 37 percent: an additional 1,548,000 bushels more than the prior year’s total 4,806,000 for a 91.3 YPA versus 62.7 YPA.

In 2016, 68,000 acres were planted and 63,000 were harvested, versus 72,000 planted and 67,000 harvested in 2015.

Spring Wheat

Production for 2016 was a total 1,000,000 bushels, up 305,000 bushels (44 percent) from the prior year. YPA was also up during this period: 83.3 bushels versus 40.6.

In 2016, 12,400 acres were planted and 12,000 harvested, versus 17,900 planted and 17,100 harvested in 2015.

Barley

A significant increase: Production was up 157 percent in 2016 at a total 856,000 bushels (83.9 YPA), an increase of 523,000 bushels from 333,000 bushels (44.4 YPA) produced in 2015.

In 2016, 10,600 acres planted and 10,200 were harvested, versus 8,300 planted and 7,500 harvested in 2015.

Nez Perce County

Winter Wheat

A total 6,430,000 bushels were produced in 2016, up 18 percent (989,000 bushels) from the prior year. The 2016 YPA was 86.2 versus 75.9 in 2015.

In 2016, 80,600 was planted and 74,600 was harvested, versus 78,100 planted and 71,700 harvested in 2015.

Spring Wheat

In 2016, harvest was up 32 percent (401,000 bushels) for a total production of 1,640,000; a YPA of 76.6 versus 50.4 in 2015.

In 2016, 22,100 acres were planted and 21,400 harvested, versus 25,700 planted and 24,600 harvested in 2015.

Barley

Production was up 17,000 bushels (3.2 percent) for a total production of 542,000 in 2016. YPA was 87.4 in 2016 and 65.6 in 2015.

In 2016, 7,900 acres were planted and 6,200 were harvested, versus 8,200 planted and 8,000 harvested in 2015.

Within the region, data for Adams, Clearwater and Valley counties in these categories was withheld to avoid disclosing information for individual operations.

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