Arkansas wheat crop slightly below average

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' winter wheat crop was slightly below the average over the past 10 years and the spring rains hurt the crop's quality.

Initial figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show farmers harvested an average of 47 bushels per acre. A total of 19.74 million bushels were produced on 430,000 acres.

The state's average over the past decade is just over 52 bushels per acre.

The spring rains caused the heads of the plants to swell. The heads then shrink when the plant dries and the grain shrivels.

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers were getting an average of $4.87 per bushel. Extension service economist Scott Stiles says the break-even price is $3.84 per bushel - and it's $5.11 per bushel for farmers who rent their land.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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