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January 09, 2019 | Star Tribune

With Corn, Soy Prices Down, Wheat’s on the Rise in Minnesota

Acres planted rose 40% in 2018; some predict another uptick in 2019

Spring wheat is making a bit of a comeback in Minnesota, reports the Star Tribune.

Farmers in the state planted and harvested just over 1.6 million acres of hard red wheat in 2018, a 40% increase over 2017 and the largest spring wheat crop since 2008.

Most wheat in Minnesota is north of a line between Fargo and Park Rapids, but farmers farther south are getting more interested in wheat, said Jochum Wiersma, a University of Minnesota extension professor in Crookston. He expects the acreage of hard red wheat to grow again in 2019.

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