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May 22, 2012 6:01 AM by AP

La's warm wet winter not so hot for winter wheat

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's warm, wet winter wasn't so hot for winter wheat.

LSU AgCenter agronomist Ed Twidwell says the figures aren't all in but it looks like a fair harvest, rather than a great one. He says yields probably will be 70 to 80 percent of last year's.

Twidwell says last year, farmers got about 55 bushels per acre. Louisiana farmers planted 21 percent more winter wheat last fall than the previous year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. About 290,000 acres were planted, up 50,000 from fall 2010.

Twidwell says dry fall weather hurt initial growth, and January and February were wet. He says wheat does not like wet soil. He says wheat may have matured faster than usual in the hot, dry spring, resulting in smaller grains.

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