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Spring-Wheat Yields in North Dakota May Top Last Year After Rain

Yields for spring wheat in North Dakota and parts of South Dakota will top last year on early planting and ample rainfall, according to results from the Wheat Quality Council’s annual tour of the states.

Spring-wheat fields seen by analysts, farmers and brokers will yield 44.9 bushels an acre, said Ben Handcock, the executive vice president of the council. North Dakota growers last year collected 40 bushels an acre, U.S. government data show. Durum-wheat yields will total 42.4 bushels an acre, up from 31 bushels last year, Handcock said.

“They got it in early, and that makes a big difference,” Handcock said by telephone from near Fargo, North Dakota. “It was a great spring. I knew it was going to look good, but I didn’t know it was going to look that good.”

Spring-wheat futures for September delivery on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange lost 2.1 percent to $9.6775 a bushel today.

Spring wheat is a high-quality variety that’s used to make bread and bagels. Durum is high in protein and used to make pasta. The tour had about 71 participants, a record, Handcock said.

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