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U.S. winter wheat harvest accelerates, spring wheat next

Jul 14, 2017 at 11:22 AM CST
by Jay Sjerven

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. — The U.S. winter wheat harvest has made rapid progress during the past couple of weeks aided by mostly favorable weather. Combining also was sped along because the winter wheat area being harvested this year, forecast at 25,760,000 acres, was the smallest in records extending back to 1909. The spring wheat harvest was yet to begin, but drought across western sections of the northern Plains reduced production prospects in a year when the protein provided by spring wheat will be critically important to bakers whose products require protein in flour that hard red winter wheat alone may not be able to provide.