Winter wheat forecast revised downward

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The latest government snapshot shows the Agriculture
Department has revised downward its forecast for the nation's drought-stricken
winter wheat crop.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated on Wednesday that
farmers will bring in 1.38 billion bushels of winter wheat. That forecast is
down 2 percent from a month ago and 10 percent from last year.

An even bigger drop was estimated for the nation's hard red winter wheat crop,
the type grown primarily to make bread. The government pegged that estimate at
720 million bushels, down 3 percent from a month ago.

Kansas has been hit hard by drought and recent rains have come too late to help
the wheat. The government now estimates the Kansas crop at 243.6 million
bushels, down from 260.4 million bushels forecast a month ago.

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