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Tenn. wheat crop doubles in dry, warm weather

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Farmers who planted wheat in Tennessee have benefited from warm, dry weather.

Agriculture Department statistics project a record wheat crop of 21 million bushels this year. According to WPLN-FM, that's double last year's wheat production.

The Tennessee crop is expected to average about 70 bushels per acre, well above the national average of 44 bushels. Overall U.S. wheat production has been reduced because of wet conditions in some Midwestern states.

Brandon Whitt told WPLN that he is getting 90 bushels per acre on his farm near Murfreesboro. He says the successful crop was unexpected because Tennessee had a lot of rain early in the crop year.

Wheat prices are projected to be almost $2 per bushel higher than last year.

     

Information from: WPLN-FM, http://www.wpln.org/

 

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