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Published April 01, 2010, 10:00 AM

Rain, cold hurt Mississippi wheat crop

JACKSON, Miss. — Due to a wet fall and a colder than normal spring, Mississippi’s wheat crop is expected to be smaller than usual this year.

JACKSON, Miss. — Due to a wet fall and a colder than normal spring, Mississippi’s wheat crop is expected to be smaller than usual this year.

Mississippi State University Extension Service expects the wheat acreage to be well short of the 10-year average of 225,000 acres.

MSU grain crops specialist Erick Larson said growers had a tiny window for field preparation last fall, meaning the wheat may not have had enough time to develop before cold weather set in.

Then this spring the crop did not get the normal warm temperatures to encourage growth.

However if conditions improve, the crop still has time to develop in April and May.

Wheat harvest typically begins the first week of June.

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