FORT MYERS, FLA. — The Soft Wheat Division of the North American Millers’ Association meeting at Fort Myers on Monday projected soft red winter wheat production in 2009 at 407,211,000 bus, down 206,367,000, or 34%, from 613,578,000 bus last year but nearly even with five-year average of 409 million bus. The large decline was expected as producers planted fewer acres in every major state after last year’s bumper crop. Millers projected soft white winter wheat production in 2009 at 193,234,000 bus, down 3,126,000 bus, or 2%, from 196,360,000 bus in 2008. Of the soft white wheat projection, the Pacific Northwest states accounted for 180,067,000 bus this year.
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