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Utah farmers are expected to harvest 55,000 acres of winter wheat this year, the same amount as in 1988 but 15,000 acres less than 1987.

Utah's winter wheat yield is forecast at 38 bushels per acre, up two bushels over last year but five bushels less than the record yield of 43 bushels in 1987.Expected production in Utah of 5.9 million bushels is 5 percent above the 5.58 million bushels in 1988, but 19 percent below the 7.3 million bushels produced in 1987.

Nationwide, the winter wheat harvest is expected to be 12 percent below last year's because of weather-related problems--despite the fact an additional 2 million acres were planted.

Production in three of the largest winter wheat states--Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas--is expected to drop 30 percent this year.