Virginia's wheat production up from 2006

Virginia’s wheat production was up from last year, according to the USDA/NASS Virginia Field Office. These results were based on a survey of producers conducted in early September.

Wheat production for 2007 totaled over 13.1 million bushels, up 24 percent from last year. Wheat acreage harvested was 205,000 acres, up 50,000 acres from 2006.

Producers averaged 64 bushels per acre, down 4 bushels per acre from last year’s record yield. Although the growing season was somewhat dry, rains came at the critical time.

The survey indicated that final oat production for the 2007 crop year was 340,000 bushels, up 55 percent from last year. Oat yields averaged 68 bushels per acre, up 13 bushels from last year.

Barley producers averaged 71 bushels per acre, down 6 bushels from 2006. Barley production is estimated at 2.1 million bushels harvested from 30,000 acres. This compares to 3.2 million bushels and 42,000 acres harvested last year.

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