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WHEAT

The United States is the world's fourth-largest wheat exporter and problems are hitting output at a time when the world can ill afford to lose any more supplies of the staple grain amid a global food crisis.
Jared Goplen, a farmer and University of Minnesota Extension educator on crops and forage, is seeing more interest in small grains in traditional corn and soybean country for a few reasons: soil health, weed and pest management, and benefits to livestock operations.
Spring wheat climbed roughly 15%, an almost 60-cent increase.
Most farmers in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota have completed their harvests or expected to complete them by the end of the week, barring rain delays.

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Arlan Larson and his sons, Ben and Matt, of Climax, Minnesota, in 2005 were the focus of an Agweek wheat harvest cover of the Grand Forks Herald “Salute to Agriculture" section. Today, the sons are in the driver seat and a 3-year old in the jump seat, is now joining the operation and runs the big equipment. They’ve found a fair crop, despite challenging drought conditions
A western South Dakota farmer wanted a bin aeration control system he could operate from his smartphone. When he learned it would cost $80,000 he used his tech savvy to build his own — for $100.
Kernza, which was developed in Kansas after decades of breeding, has roots that grow twice as long as the common annual wheats grown throughout the United States, and many times longer and thicker than the roots of corn and soybeans found on most of Minnesota's farmland.
A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed both favorable and unfavorable weather developments across Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. It also showed a damaged winter wheat crop in South Dakota.
The U.S. durum industry, which has faced major headwinds in recent years, enjoyed some notable successes this crop season. The list includes stronger demand for pasta.
Argentina recently became the first country to approve GMO wheat. However, the country is still looking to gain variety approval from importing countries.

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Kernza, an intermediate wheatgrass, is the subject of a $10 million grant that seeks to make it more attractive commercially.
David Torgerson worked for many years to boost Minnesota's wheat industry. Now, the industry has honored him by naming a new wheat variety MN-Torgy
North-central South Dakota spring wheat harvest looks good in the McLaughlin, S.D., area, and row crops show promise with timely rains. Meanwhile, crop pricing opportunities have been poor but could improve with the effect of a devastating Iowa windstorm.

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