2012 NM wheat harvest acres lowest since 1927

Posted at: 10/10/2012 11:33 AM
By: The Associated Press

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - The number of acres of New Mexico wheat harvested for grain was the lowest this year since 1927 because of the ongoing drought.

The Portales News-Tribune says a U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows 90,000 acres of wheat were harvested for grain this year.

The previous low was 25,000 acres in 1927. The report shows the state's farmers brought in two million bushels of grain in both 2011 and 2012.

In 2010 they harvested eight million bushels. New Mexico Agriculture Statistic Service deputy director Longino Bustillos says many farmers did not harvest this year due to lack of moisture.

Curry County farmer Wilburn Brooks and Roosevelt County farmer Rick Ledbetter said they cut their wheat for silage because not enough rain fell for the crop to make grain.

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