Virginia revises winter wheat crop forecast

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State agriculture officials say this year’s winter wheat crop is expected to be larger than what they forecast in May.

But the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says this year’s winter wheat crop is still expected to be smaller than last year’s crop.

Growers are expected to produce 16.4 million bushels this year. That’s 3 percent higher than the May forecast. But the revised forecast is 4 percent decline from 2013’s crop.

Virginia’s winter wheat average yield is expected to remain unchanged at 62 bushels per acre.

The forecast is based on conditions on June 1.

Winter wheat production nationwide is expected to drop 10 percent from 2013.

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