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Good season for irrigated California wheat

California's 2007 Durum wheat harvested acreage is estimated at 90,000 acres, according to the USDA/NASS California field office.

The yield is forecast to be 2.85 tons per acre, resulting in total production of 257,000 tons.

California Durum wheat was progressing normally this season, with no quality or disease issues reported. Weather had been favorable for Durum wheat and growers were hoping to see yields at levels equal to or better than normal. California's wheat other than Durum harvested acreage is estimated at 300,000 thousand acres for 2007. The forecast yield is 2.22 tons per acre, bringing the total production to 666,000 tons. The wheat growing season in California has been very dry. Significant amounts of the dryland wheat were lost to drought. Warm weather, however, encouraged good growth and strong development of the irrigated crop. Disease pressure has been low this year, due in large part to the dry weather conditions. The stripe rust that was observed appeared late enough into the growing season that growers were hopeful yields would remain unaffected by the fungus.

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