Information for California Wheat Producers
This section provides valuable information on production, pest management, and weed control related to wheat grown in California.
Click the link on the left for the University of California's information on this topic. Their section includes the current Agronomy Progress Report that notes production characteristics, disease susceptibilities, and quality evaluations of the wheat varieties entered into the U.C. regional trials conducted each year at various sites in the state.
And, along with the University of California's information, growers can use the links below to help make planting decisions:
Classes of U.S. wheat grown in California
California Wheat Variety Survey gives you an idea of the wheat varieties most planted in a given year.
California Wheat Statistics page gives USDA statistics on planted acreage, acreage for grain (removing wheat acreage used for green chop, silage, and hay), yield, and production by county and region.
Small Grains Farm Advisor Directory. Farm Advisors can be helpful in determining which variety to plant in your area.
Wheat Seed Dealers and Distributor's Directory includes wheat seed dealers and the varieties they handle.
Certified Wheat Seed Buying Guide provides contact information for wheat certified seed dealers in California, as well as seed characteristics, historical information on disease reactions, yield, test weight and average protein of current certified wheat seed.
Wheat grown in California is marketed to flour mills, used for feed, and exported. California wheat prices are impacted by the same set of factors that affect US wheat prices in general.
Wheat is a grain commodity traded in the United States through the Kansas City Board of Trade, the Chicago Board of Trade, and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. Prices for most wheat sold in California is based on the Kansas City Board of Trade, where futures and options contracts are traded on hard red winter wheat. Durum wheat does not trade through a Board or Exchange.
The California Weekly Grain Report and the California Grain and Feed report can be viewed through USDA's website. These reports are updated weekly and provide historical prices of California wheat from recent weeks, and price comparisons with the same week last year. Keep in mind that California wheat is marketed in Cwt. (100 lbs.) or short tons, as compared to bushels. See Unit Equivalents and Conversion Factors for comparisons.
You can also view price reports and chart nearby cash prices via U.S. Wheat's Price Reports page.
California Farm Weather®. This is a service of the California Farm Bureau. They report on current conditions and forecasts, and have radar, satellite, and degree day maps.
Weekly California Weather & Crop Bulletin. This report, issued weekly, reports on crop planting progress, crop development, and harvesting progress. It also includes degree days, temperature, and precipitation as compared to normal for weather stations throughout California.
National Weather Service
Drought Monitor provides a map of the United States showing which areas are in a drought. Click on a specific state to get more detailed information for that state.