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Recent Rains Not Enough For Wheat Crops

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 13, 2012

Janice Cooper heads the California Wheat Commission in Woodland. She says it's been a rough winter for growers.

"One of the driest that people can remember. They are suffering from the lack of rain."

So far, this year's crop is not as far along as it should be. Yields are down as much as 25%. Cooper says recent small rains haven't been enough to provide the deep moisture wheat plants need. She says in the next month, growers need storms with measurable rain: half-inch to an inch at a time.

"If we get that rain then we have the chance to at least have 75% of our crop come in. But without that rain we're looking at a pretty bad situation."

Wheat grown in the Sacramento area is used to make bread and pasta. It's planted in the late fall and harvested in mid-June.

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