Wichita The nation's farmers seeded more winter wheat this season amid higher prices and easing drought conditions in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that the 41.9 million acres of winter wheat planted for harvest in 2012 is up 3 percent from 2011 and up 12 percent from 2010.
The hard red winter wheat that is typically used for making bread accounted for the bulk of that surge. The estimated 30.1 million acres of hard red winter wheat is up 6 percent from last year.
Kansas again led the nation in winter wheat seedings with 9.5 million acres planted for an increase of 8 percent over last year.