Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Winter wheat progressing in California

Winter wheat emergence has progressed in California and more than three-quarters of the crop was above ground as of last week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The earliest planted acres had started to head, and producers were applying herbicides for broadleaf weed control, the report stated. Crop conditions were rated mostly good to excellent.

The progress comes after wheat farmers in the Klamath Basin enjoyed a record harvest, buoyed by a cool summer, the availability of water and the absence of frost in September, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation.

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