Va. winter wheat expected to increase in 2013

US forecast expects Virginia winter wheat production to top 17 million bushels in 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia winter wheat producers are expected to harvest more than 17 million bushels in 2013.

That's 3 percent higher than an earlier forecast released in May by the state field office of the National Agriculture Statistics Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says producers are expected to harvest 270,000 acres of wheat that will yield an average of 64 bushels per acre. As of early June, the majority of the wheat crop was in fair to good condition.

Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast to top one-and-a-half billion bushels, down 8 percent from 2012.