GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A group that went on an annual tour of wheat fields in the Upper Midwest came up with yield estimates about the same as last year.
The Colorado-based Wheat Quality Council sponsors the tour every year to give the wheat industry an early look at the crop. The Grand Forks Herald reports that the tour estimated this year’s overall wheat yield at just under 45 bushels per acre, the same as what the 2012 tour participants estimated for last year’s crop.
This year’s tour involved a record 75 people – mostly government statisticians and representatives of millers and other companies in the wheat industry. They made 472 stops in fields in North Dakota, northern South Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. They say finding a poor wheat field was difficult.
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