Winter wheat crop needs break from rain
Cool temperatures through March kept some Mississippians comfortable, but they slowed the development of wheat, the state’s only row crop grown through winter.
Erick Larson, corn and wheat state specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said wheat acreage is high this year, with 420,000 acres planted in the fall. State growers planted 500,000 acres in 2007, but this year marks the second highest planting since 1990.
Brian Williams, Extension agricultural economist, said July wheat futures were trading as high as $7.30 the third week of March.