The WHIP Plus program remains a priority for Minnesota wheat farmers. “We’ve been working heavily with the National Association of Wheat Growers on how we can access that for all of the quality issues and hurt going on in farm country. How do we help maintain farm profitability and sustainability long term?” asks Charlie Vogel, CEO of the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers. “Falling numbers was a huge issue with wheat in Minnesota. The first half of the crop came off in superb condition. The next 25 percent was rough milling quality and the last 25 percent was feed quality. It’s hard to make $5 wheat profitable, but when you cut that in half for feed quality, there’s no way to do that math.”
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