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Hard Red Spring, Durum Wheat Looking Good So Far

More than 70 millers, bakers, farmers, grain traders and media participated in this year's Hard Red Spring and Durum Wheat Tour - which finished up last week after touring 472 fields across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Despite widespread flooding, delayed planting and prevented planting - this year's total spring wheat yield matched last year's total of 44.8-bushels-per-acre. As for durum - scouts estimated an average 41.7-bushels-per-acre. However - Tour Veteran Dave Green says last year was a very different year as producers were cutting wheat already. If it stays cool - Tour Organizer Ben Handcock said the crop will yield just what was estimated. However - if it's hot and dry - Handcock says some test weights will be too low.

During the three-day tour - there were very few reports of disease or insect damage - though some fields did have scab, wheat stem maggot, aphid and grasshopper presence. Most fields - though - where headed past the stage where pests can do economic damage to yield.

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