- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma agriculture experts have predicted that the state’s wheat harvest will far exceed that of 2015 after years of farmers struggling through harsh freezes and drought.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1TuNTnj ) reports that this week agronomists and agriculture educators at the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association’s yearly meeting in Oklahoma City said this year’s forecast predicts an average of 34 bushels of wheat per acre, or 130.6 million bushels to be harvested from 3.8 million acres.

In 2015, the average bushels per acre totaled 27.

Historic lows in production hit two years ago as an annual average Oklahoma crop of $600 million to $1 billion dropped to a 50-year low of $300 million. The executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says this year’s crop should be back to the average range.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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