Northern and PNW wheat crops did well despite drought

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Wheat fields in North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington seem to have fared well despite the drought conditions that have plagued much of the Midwest and High Plains this summer. Reports are coming in that wheat fields in these states have been encouraging.

North Dakota and South Dakota both experienced hot, dry weather this year, some areas are anticipating improved yields over last year. Particularly improved is durum, according to reports. One wheat field near Handcock, N.D., is estimated to have produced 66 bushels per acre during the state’s wheat tour. Although that’s only one field, other fields are reportedly looking as good.

In many parts of South Dakota, spring wheat has already been harvested because of the early planting and maturing of the crop. The yields are reportedly very good and the quality is considered excellent. One operation told the TriState Neighbor that it planned to start spraying wheat stubble this week and “we are already thinking about planting next year’s wheat crop,” said Clint Vanneman, crop watcher for western South Dakota.

In Washington, wheat harvest is already underway. Although the forecast is calling for a smaller harvest than last year, this year’s crop will be worth more thanks to higher crop prices for wheat. Last year’s Washington crop was worth more than $1 billion for the first time. This year’s crop value is expected to rival last year’s value.

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