Louisiana's wheat a bit behind but growing well - KLFY News 10

Louisiana's wheat a bit behind but growing well

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Agriculture experts at LSU say Louisiana's long, cold winter put winter wheat a bit behind schedule but the crop is looking good.

Wheat specialist Josh Lofton says acreage is down both because rain last fall left some fields too wet to plow and because prices had fallen from $7 per bushel in the fall of 2012 to about $5 last fall.

Wheat breeder Steve Harrison says it helps that the winter was consistently cold. He says that meant wheat grew more slowly throughout rather than spurting up during hot spells and then being blasted by a freeze.

Lofton estimates that growth is 5 to 10 days behind average in south Louisiana and one to two weeks late from Alexandria north. But he says the crop looks solid.

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