This data product contains statistics on wheat—including the five classes of wheat: hard red winter, hard red spring, soft red winter, white, and durum—and rye. Included are data published in the monthly Wheat Outlook and previous editions of the annual Wheat Yearbook. Descriptive information about the five classes of wheat and U.S. wheat production and use is available in the Wheat Sector at a Glance of the Wheat topic.

Marketing Years

The local marketing year for U.S. wheat and rye is June 1-May 31. Marketing years may be written to include both calendar years. For example, 2005/06 refers to the marketing year beginning June 1, 2005 and ending May 31, 2006. Data for U.S. production, supply and disappearance, food use, stocks, prices, imports, and exports are presented by marketing years. Flour production, supply, disappearance, and price data are presented by calendar years.

The international trade year for wheat is July 1-June 30. July 1 approximates the wheat harvest in many Northern Hemisphere countries. USDA estimates wheat imports and exports for all countries in the Production, Supply, and Distribution (PS&D) database on a country's local marketing year and the international trade year. Putting all countries on the same 12-month year facilitates analysis of competition and market share. For some countries, like Russia and the European Union, the local marketing year and trade year are the same. Countries in the Southern Hemisphere have a local marketing year that is quite different from the international trade year. Marketing year information by country is in the “Data Availability” link on the PS&D database website.


Most of the data are from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, World Agricultural Outlook Board, Agricultural Marketing Service, Farm Service Agency, and Foreign Agricultural Service. Other data are from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. Some data are calculated by the Economic Research Service.


Most data are updated monthly or quarterly. Some data are updated only annually.

Conversion Factors

Several units of measure are used in this data product. Here are a few useful conversion factors:

  • 1 bushel of wheat = 60 pounds or 77.2 kilograms/hectoliter
  • 1 metric ton = 2,204.622 pounds
  • Bushels x 0.0272155 = metric tons
  • Metric tons x 36.7437 = bushels
  • Price per bushel x 36.7437 = price per metric ton
  • Price per metric ton x 0.0272155 = price per bushel
  • 1 acre = 0.4047 hectares
  • 1 hectare = 2.4710 acres
  • Bushels/acre x 0.06725 = metric tons/hectare
  • Metric tons/hectare x 14.87 = bushels/acre

Supply and Disappearance Data

Estimating the supply and disappearance of U.S. wheat is a joint effort of several agencies of USDA's Wheat Interagency Commodity Estimates Committee (ICEC). Through the wheat ICEC, USDA estimates supply and use variables for each of the five U.S. classes of wheat. These estimates are published monthly in World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), and month-to-month changes in the estimates are explained in the Economic Research Service monthly Wheat Outlook.

Food Use Data

Domestic food use of wheat must be estimated indirectly because no data are collected on actual consumption of wheat in the United States. Estimates are made monthly. The estimate is the sum of wheat milled for flour, net imports (imports minus exports) of flour and wheat products (only wheat products used for food, products used for feed are excluded), and nonflour wheat use (grain processed in some way other than milling).

Monthly estimates of all wheat and durum grain milled and flour and millfeed produced are calculated by Economic Research Service (ERS) using quarterly data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. Monthly food import and export estimates are a subset of the monthly wheat import and export estimates made by ERS using monthly trade data from the Bureau of the Census. The Census flour and wheat product trade data are converted to ERS estimates of grain-equivalent bushels of wheat. The estimate for nonflour wheat use is made by ERS.

Price Data

Farm Prices

Annual season-average price for all wheat, rye, and each of the five classes of wheat is based on monthly prices received by farmers weighted by monthly marketings. These prices are from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The season-average price for all wheat for the current marketing year is published in World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Market Prices

The monthly, cash-bid prices for various classes and grades of wheat at principal U.S. wheat markets are calculated based on daily prices from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. The monthly market prices for Canada, Australia, and Argentina are calculated by the Economic Research Service based on daily prices from the International Grains Council.

Import and Export Data

Data Discrepancies (July 18, 2008): Durum exports shown in Yearbook Table 22 are those reported by the U.S. Bureau of the Census and differ from current USDA annual and quarterly estimates for the same periods. Current USDA estimates reflect unresolved discrepancies between Bureau of the Census data and data collected by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service under the export sales reporting system.

Monthly Economic Research Service (ERS) wheat and wheat product import and export estimates are made by ERS using monthly trade data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Bureau of the Census. These monthly import and export estimates include both food and feed traded items.

Flour Data

Estimates of flour supply and disappearance for all wheat and durum are made by ERS using quarterly flour production data and monthly trade data for wheat products (including flour) from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. Per capita estimates of wheat flour disappearance (pounds of flour/person) are made using population data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. The population series used is a calendar-year average of monthly estimates of residents plus Armed Forces overseas.

Wheat grain, flour, and byproduct prices and average flour extraction rates at Kansas City and Minneapolis are used to estimate quarterly and marketing year profitability in these two milling centers. The wheat milled in Kansas City is No. 1 hard red winter, 13-percent protein and the flour produced is bakers standard patent. The wheat milled in Minneapolis is No. 1 dark northern spring, 14-percent protein and the flour produced is spring standard patent. The byproducts are middlings and bran. Monthly cash-bid grain prices and mid-month wholesale prices for the byproducts are from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. The mid-month flour wholesale prices are from Sosland Publishing Company's Milling and Baking News Market Fax.

Suggested citation

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. Wheat Data, [month and year of update].