Idaho oat production in 2023 was 1.092 million bushels, up 7% over 2022 production, averaging 91 bushels per acre. This was a 42% rebound in bushels per acre over the 2022 drought year.

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Lynn Jaynes retired as an editor in 2023.

Idaho again placed No. 1 in barley production in the U.S. at 60.48 million bushels, a 1% increase over 2022 production. Record-high yields were achieved at 112 bushels per acre.

Winter wheat production, however, did not see the increases of the other small grains. Ranking No. 8 in U.S. winter wheat production, the Idaho 2023 season produced 56.07 million bushels, down 12% over 2022 production. Yield per acre remained relatively unchanged (down 1%).

Spring wheat saw an increase of 10% in area harvested over 2022, with 395,000 acres harvested. This resulted in an 11% increase in production, at 32.39 million bushels. Idaho ranks No. 4 in the U.S. production for spring wheat production.

Durum wheat took a 43% jump in acreage harvested, at 10,000 acres, over 7,000 acres harvested in 2022. While yield remained steady, overall production was up 43% at 650,000 bushels. Idaho ranks No. 5 in durum wheat production in the U.S.


Idaho ranks No. 5 in all wheat production in the U.S. at 89.11 million bushels. This is a 5% decrease in overall production from 2022.