USDA: State’s winter wheat harvest up 14 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s winter wheat harvest grew 14 percent this year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the total yesterday, saying the state’s farmers reaped 22.3 million bushels, up from 19.7 million in 2012.

The number of acres harvested in the state rose 12 percent to 385,000. Yield grew slightly to 58 bushels per acre.

Mississippi’s yield is much higher than the nationwide figure of 47 bushels per acre, but its overall harvest was a tiny fraction of the nationwide total of 1.53 billion bushels. The nationwide total fell 6.5 percent from 1.64 billion bushels in 2012, as farmers harvested fewer acres despite having planted more.

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