Kennewick, Wash. — Washington farmers are expected to see a larger winter wheat crop than officials had anticipated earlier this year.
Washingtons 2013 winter wheat crop is expected to reach 119.7 million bushels, a 1 percent growth from last year, according to the U.S.. Department of Agriculture.
Washington farmers are expected to average about 70 bushels per acre from 1.71 million acres, up 2 bushels from the May forecast, according to a news release.
Benton County has about 74,000 acres of winter wheat, according to USDA. Those acres produced about 6.2 million bushels in 2012.
Franklin County has about 62,000 acres of winter wheat, according to USDA. Those acres produced 2.9 million bushels last year.
Walla Walla County has about 176,000 acres of winter wheat, according to USDA. Those acres produced 14.8 million bushels in 2012.
Overall, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington growers may produce 228 million bushels, down just 1 percent from the regions 2012 production of 229.6 million bushels, according to USDA.
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