The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report each month, and that report always includes a lot of interesting statistics.

Whether your primary area of interest has to do with a particular crop, livestock species or poultry species, it is well worth perusing.

Among the things worth watching in the report are the production estimates for broilers and turkeys in the United States. This not only includes the projections for annual production of the present year, but in the July WASDE report, it also gives projections for annual production of 2019. It also offers a look at production numbers for the previous year.

The production forecasts are subject to change each month. For instance, the USDA’s July projections for U.S. broiler production is raised on recent hatchery data and expected heavier birds, while the turkey production forecast is also raised slightly on production data to date.

Here are some of those key numbers relevant to poultry production from the most recent report, released on July 12:

Broiler production numbers

42.04  billion – Pounds of U.S. broiler production projected for 2018, according to the July estimates

42 billion --  Pounds of U.S. broiler production projected for 2018, according to the June estimates

42.9 billion – Pounds of U.S. broiler production projected for 2019, according to the June and July estimates

41.22 billion – Pounds of U.S. broiler production in 2017

Turkey production numbers

5.942 billion – Pounds of U.S. turkey production projected for 2018, according to the July estimates

5.937 billion – Pounds of U.S. turkey production projected for 2018, according to the June estimates

5.97 billion – Pounds of U.S. turkey production projected for 2019, according to the June and July estimates

5.981 billion – Pounds of U.S. turkey production in 2017

Be sure to check out the numbers offered in the next version of the WASDE report, scheduled to be released on August 10.