Arkansas Wheat Farmers Planting Double Amount of Acres This Year

OCTOBER 20, 2006 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Stretches of dry weather, rising wheat prices and a lowering in the cost of fertilizer have encouraged Arkansas' wheat farmers to plant double the amount of acres this year compared to 2005.

Extension service wheat specialist Jason Kelley says farmers are expected to plant at least 750,000 acres this year, compared to about 375,000 acres of wheat last year.

Wheat acreage dropped off in the last ten years, primarily due to lower prices per bushel and increasing nitrogen fertilizer prices.  But Kelley says that trend has reversed.

Kelley says the ten-year average selling price is about $3 per bushel.  He says farmers can profit when they can get more than a dollar for a bushel of wheat.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)