Soft red winter wheat crop to be largest since 1989

by Ron Sterk
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PALM COAST, FLA. — Soft wheat millers meeting here today projected soft red winter wheat production in 2008 at 547,856,000 bus, up 189,959,000 bus, or 53%, from 357,897,000 bus last year.

If realized, it would be the largest soft red winter wheat crop since 548,919,000 bus in 1989. Only Texas, a minor producer of soft red winter wheat, was expected to have a smaller crop than a year ago.

The millers projected soft white winter wheat production in 2008 at 209,512,000 bus, up 34,468,000 bus, or 20%, from 175,044,000 bus in 2007. Of the soft white wheat projection, the Pacific Northwest states accounted for 185,800,000 bus.

The crop production forecast was made at an annual meeting of the Soft Wheat Division of the North American Millers’ Association.

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