DENVER (AP) – Rain that fell in May was enough to boost the federal forecast for Colorado’s winter wheat harvest this year.

The Department of Agriculture this week forecast a harvest of 68.8 million bushels. That’s up 7 percent from the May 1 forecast, when much of eastern Colorado was still praying for any moisture. Agriculture officials say timely rains in May fell across much of Colorado’s growing area. However, the overall wheat crop isn’t rated in as good of condition as it was at this time last year.

Last year’s Colorado wheat harvest was nearly 106 million bushels.

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