2013 value of all Wyoming crops down 4 percent
The value of all crops produced in Wyoming in 2013 is estimated at $573.1 million, according to the Wyoming Field Office of USDA NASS. The total value is down 4 percent from 2012 and up 9 percent from 2011. Market year average prices were lower for all of the major crops except barley. Value of production decreased from 2012 for corn for grain, wheat, dry edible beans and, sugarbeets, but increased for oats, barley, and hay.
The leading crop in value continues to be hay. The 2013 all hay production is valued at $390.0 million, up 1 percent from 2012. Hay prices averaged $188.00 a ton, down $20.00 from the 2012 crop. All hay accounted for 68 percent of the total crop value. Sugarbeets followed hay in value with sugarbeets estimated at $53.4 million, based on 2013 production and 2012 prices pending calculation of 2012 prices.
Other significant crops, their 2013 value, and the change in value from 2012 are: barley $38.2 million, up 10 percent with a increase in price and production; winter wheat $19.9 million, down 13 percent with an decrease in price and a drop in production; corn for grain $35.8 million, down 40 percent with a decrease in price and an increase in production; dry beans $33.5 million, down 10 percent due to a decrease in production and price.
These estimates do not include any payments from government programs. Preliminary market year average prices except for sugarbeets are based on monthly prices through December 2013 with allowance for projected prices the remainder of the marketing year. F
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