Winter Wheat Crop Booming in Western Wisconsin

A crop that was once unheard of in Wisconsin is now taking root here: winter wheat.

As other states are growing less of the crop, Wisconsin farmers planted double the amount of winter wheat grown in 2000.

That amounts to about 280,000 acres for the current growing season.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says state farmers got $1.85 per bushel for winter wheat grain in 2000 but are now getting a whole dollar more.

The agency says production grew from nearly 8.4 million bushels in 2000 to more than 17.9 million last year.