RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's 2012 wheat forecast predicts a 5 percent increase over last year's yield.
The Virginia field office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service is forecasting a wheat crop totaling 18.5 million bushels. If that holds up, production will be up 810,000 bushels from 2011.
Producers are expected to devote nearly 300,000 acres to wheat with a yield of 64 bushels per acre. That is above the national yield by more than 16 bushels an acre.
As of early May, the majority of Virginia's wheat crop is in fair to good condition.