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N.D. Top Wheat Producer in U.S.

ndsu wheatIn 2014, North Dakota produced 17.1 percent of the total U.S. wheat production, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Statistics Service. North Dakota produced 347 million bushels of wheat, compared with Kansas at 246 million, Montana at 209 million and South Dakota at 131 million.

Four of the most popular wheat varieties in North Dakota are public varieties from North Dakota State University. Popular varieties grown in the state last year included Barlow, Prosper, Faller and Glenn. Of the spring wheat planted in North Dakota last year, more than 40 percent of the acreage was planted to these NDSU varieties.

"The newly released NDSU variety Elgin-ND has high yield, good quality and wide adaptation, so I expect it to be grown on significant acreage in the state in the near future," says Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension Service agronomist. With many top-performing varieties to choose from, NDSU is likely to have a variety that will work for most growers throughout the state, he adds.

Learn about NDSU's latest spring wheat variety trials.

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