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Arkansas growers slow to plant winter wheat

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas agriculture officials say growers have been slow to get winter wheat into the ground because of rainy weather and because some are still busy harvesting.

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture specialist Jason Kelley says there is still about two to three weeks to plant winter wheat.

Kelley says winter wheat can even be planted late and still generate a good yield if conditions are right.

The Jonesboro Sun reports (http://is.gd/vUQ1tG ) that UA economist Scott Stiles says wheat acres are expected to rise in Arkansas for the 2012-13 crop year. He predicts 15% increase that would equal 621,000 acres, which is the 2011 level. Arkansas producers harvested 540,000 acres of wheat in spring 2012.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com

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