- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says wheat plantings in Arkansas are down 16 percent compared to the previous year.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service said Monday that 465,000 acres of wheat planted in the fall of 2013 were harvested last summer. That figure fell to 390,000 acres planted during October and November.

That’s still a less severe decline than the 20 percent to 25 percent expected by some.

Extension economist Scott Stiles attributes the decline to lower crop bids for wheat as well as a record-breaking yield for the state last year.

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