The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

June 22, 2013

Weather delays Alabama wheat harvest

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — More than a third of this season's wheat crop has been harvested in Alabama, which is down compared to this time last year.

WVTM-TV in Birmingham reports (http://bit.ly/11teDOh ) more than 90 percent of the crop had been harvested by this time last year according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The TV station says the delay is the result of scattered showers that kept farmers out of the fields and a cool, wet spring that delayed growth.

Cullman County farmer Ben Haynes says the spring weather postponed harvest three weeks. He says the yields are very good and was surprised because he expected the cool spring to lower yields.

Government estimates show Alabama farmers planted about 260,000 acres of wheat this year, up from 220,000 acres in 2012.

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