GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – Weld County wheat farmers say they’re seeing above-average crops after fearing that a lack of moisture last fall would result in a poor harvest.

Rains in May brightened the outlook. And now farmers tell the Greeley Tribune that farmers are seeing above-average yields so far.

The 10-year average for non-irrigated wheat in Colorado is from 30 to 35 bushels per acre. Vern Cooksey of Roggen says he’s getting yields in the 40 to 55 bushel range and that’s what many area farmers are reporting.

Glenda Mostek of the Colorado Wheat Growers Association says the harvest is looking good across the region. She says many fields are producing from 40 on up to 60 bushels per acre.

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