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July 13, 2017WICHITA, Kan. |  By: AP

U.S. winter wheat down 23 percent from this time last year

The government has updated its forecast for winter wheat production now that harvest is underway across the nation's breadbasket.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service projected on Wednesday that U.S. growers would bring in 1.28 billion bushels of winter wheat. That is up 2 percent from last month's forecast, but is down 23 percent from last year. The estimate is based on an average of 49.7 bushels per acre with nearly 26 million acres expected to be harvested across the country.

The agency also had a slightly more optimistic forecast for Kansas compared to just a month ago. It is now projecting the Kansas wheat harvest to come in at 324.3 million bushels. Average yields are 47 bushels per acre.
Kansas farmers are expected to cut 6.9 million acres of wheat in all.