May 11, 2013 10:26 AM by Eric Ross
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service is forecasting a winter wheat harvest of nearly 62 million bushels in Colorado this year.
That is 16 percent below last year's production of almost 73.8 million bushels.
The agency said Friday that the lower forecast for this year is partly because fewer acres are expected to be harvested. This year's crop was planted under mostly dry, unfavorable conditions last fall, and many farmers in southeast Colorado had to abandon much of their seeded acreage after a dry, mild winter.
Now, crop development is about three weeks behind after a cool March and April.
How the final crop turns out will depend on moisture and temperatures in May and June.