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Winter Wheat Plantings Rise Amid Higher Prices

posted on January 13, 2012

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A government report shows the nation's
growers planted more of their land into winter wheat for harvest
this year amid high prices and easing drought conditions in Kansas,
Oklahoma and Texas.
     The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Thursday that
planting of winter wheat acres across the nation totaled 41.9
million acres. That's up 3 percent from 2011 and up 12 percent from
     Kansas State University economist Dan O'Brien says analysts
expected the figure to rise, but most didn't expect it to increase
so much.
     O'Brien says if farmers get adequate moisture in spring the
added bushels will increase supplies and could lower wheat prices.
But he says there's still significant uncertainty whether that
production will happen because the La Nina weather pattern
threatens to bring dry conditions again

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