BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – More than 70 people are touring North Dakota wheat fields this week to gauge the quality of this year’s crop.
The annual tour is coordinated by the South Dakota-based Wheat Quality Council to provide the wheat industry with an early look at quality before the crop is even harvested. Executive Vice President Ben Handcock says 17 vehicles of people are traveling eight different routes in the state, stopping periodically to examine fields.
The tour ends Thursday afternoon when participants gather at Northern Crops Institute in Fargo.
The Agriculture Department is predicting that North Dakota’s wheat crops will rebound from flooding last year, with the spring wheat crop up 28 percent over the year and the durum wheat crop up 130 percent.
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