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July 11, 2013
VIRGINIA’S WHEAT YIELD
UNCHANGED FROM JUNE; BARLEY YIELD UP FROM LAST YEAR
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that Virginia’s wheat producers expect yields to average 64 bushels per acre in 2013. This is according to a survey conducted by the USDA/NASS Virginia Field Office. This is unchanged from last month’s forecast. Yield forecasts are based on conditions as of July 1.

Wheat production in Virginia is expected to total about 18.6 million bushels, up 19 percent from last year’s total wheat crop of 15.6 million bushels. Producers expect to harvest 290,000 acres of wheat, 50,000 acres more than in 2012.

Barley yields in Virginia are expected to average 85 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels per acre from last year. Barley production is expected to total 3.74 million bushels, up 23 percent from 2012. Harvested acreage is expected to total 44,000 acres, up 7,000 acres from last year.

FLUE-CURED TOBACCO PRODUCTION UP 15 PERCENT IN 2013
Virginia’s 2013 flue-cured tobacco production is expected to total 55.2 million pounds, up 15 percent from 2012. Acres harvested are estimated at 23,000 acres, up 3,000 acres from last year. The yield forecast at 2,400 pounds to the acre is unchanged from last year.

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