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Wheat crop expected to decrease

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ More bad news for many Oklahoma wheat farmers.

The U-S Department of Agriculture is now predicting the wheat crop in the Sooner state will be 22 percent lower than last year. The department had predicted in May that wheat production would be 11 percent less than last year.

The department now predicts just under 4-million acres of wheat will be harvested at an average yield of 33 bushels per acre for a total of about 129-million bushels.

Wheat farmers say only northwestern Oklahoma is expected to surpass the estimate. Farmer Rick Kochenower says rains in the Panhandle were timely during the winter and spring and farmers there will average about 45 bushels per acre.

Oklahoma typically ranks third or fourth in the nation in total wheat production.
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