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percent from 2017. The average yield per acre
was down only slightly from 2017's record level
as some areas had very favorable crop conditions
and enhanced yields. For example, 2018 yields
were up from the previous year in most of the
Northern Plains and Eastern Corn Belt. Record
yields were estimated in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois,
Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia,
and Wyoming. Favorable growing conditions
resulted in a record number of ears of corn per
acre recorded in Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio, South
Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Production of other feed grains increased
in 2018. Sorghum grain production increased
slightly based largely on an increase in Kansas
of over seven percent compared to the previous
year as yields improved on slightly higher harvested acreage. Production of barley increased
significantly from 2017 due to much improved
crop conditions; 81 percent of the crop was rated good to excellent in mid-August, compared to
49 percent at the same time last year. The largest
production states, Idaho, Montana, and North
Dakota, all had had measurable yield increases.
In addition, harvested acreage increased in Idaho
and Montana.
The 2018 U.S. soybean crop reached a record
level at over 4.544 billion bushels, continuing the
upward trend of the past two years. The modest
reduction in harvested acres, down two percent
from last year at 88.1 million acres, was offset by
near record yields overall, 51.6 bushels per acre,
along with record high yields in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, and Ohio.
The 2018 U.S. total wheat crop bounced back
from a dismal 2017 based on the strength of the
spring and durum production. While the winter
wheat crop fell by seven percent to 1.18 billion
bushels, other spring wheat and durum wheat
crops were up 50 percent and 41 percent respectively. The decline in winter wheat production
was attributable to a slight decline in acreage
combined with modestly reduced yields. In contrast, other spring wheat acreage and yields were
both above 2017 levels. Increased durum wheat
yields, particularly in Montana and North Dakota, overcame a small decline in acreage resulting
in the increase in production for 2018.
In 2018, encouraged by higher prices, U.S.
rice farmers increased planted area and that,
combined with favorable yields, increased production 16 percent from 2017. The rice area harvested in 2018 totaled 2.92 million acres, up 23
percent from 2017, while average yields increased

by about 2.5 percent. Although the modest yield
increase was measured across all states, Missouri
registered a record high yield and production in
2018. Short grain rice production increased on
the strength of additional planted acreage and
yields in California. Medium grain rice production increased in all states with additional acreage
and favorable yields in all but Missouri, where record yields offset a small decline in acreage. Long

grain rice production increased in all states and
was attributable to both increased acreage and
yields, except in California where yields declined
by 18 percent.
U.S. upland cotton production in 2018 reflected the influence of adverse weather conditions in
certain areas. Total planted acres was 13.9 million acres, up 11 percent from 2017. By the end
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