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US: wheat forecast to increase in Va. in 2013

Monday - 5/13/2013, 9:54am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state wheat crop is expected to top 16 million bushels in 2013.

That would be up 7 percent from last year.

Producers are expected to harvest 270,000 acres of wheat that will yield an average of 62 bushels per acre. As of early May, the majority of the wheat crop is in fair to good condition.

Nationally, U.S. winter wheat production is forecast to be down 10 percent from 2012.

The Virginia forecast was released by the state field office of the National Agriculture Statistics Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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