Better Crop of White Wheat

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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For the second year in a row, hard white winter wheat was a better crop for many Kansas farmers than hard red.

Dusti Fritz, of the Kansas Wheat Commission, says that fact, combined with some new incentives in the 2002 Farm Bill, likely will lead to more farmers turning to hard white.

That doesn't mean white wheat production in Kansas had a great harvest. The primary growing region in the northwest was hard-hit by drought for the third year in a row.

An estimated twomillion acres of wheat has been abandoned this year.

But producers say the white wheat that could be harvested did very well.

And beginning this year, the farm bill has budgeted $20 million to encourage production of white wheat on up to two million acres.

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