Sep 30, 2009 5:22 PM by Associated Press

Colorado winter wheat harvest ranks 2nd this year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Colorado harvested 98 million bushels of winter wheat this year, second in the nation behind Kansas.

Darrell Hanavan of the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee said Wednesday that's the highest Colorado has ever ranked.

Earlier forecasts pegged the harvest around 89 million bushels.

The record is about 134 million bushels, set in 1985. This year's harvest was 72 percent larger than last year thanks to moisture last fall and above-average spring rain. However, prices are down, and bumper harvests of several crops could force elevators to leave some wheat on the ground.

In overall wheat production, USDA figures show Colorado ranked sixth with 100.6 million bushels.


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