Spring wheat seeding is underway, but North Dakota Wheat Commission Policy and Marketing Director Jim Peterson says many farmers are waiting for warmer soil conditions. “Hopefully during that waiting period they’ll catch some moisture to help early germination look more promising than where we sit right now in the state.” Peterson anticipates a decline in spring wheat acres across North Dakota. “We’re hearing about less interest in spring wheat in the central and eastern part of the state where corn and soybeans will compete. If you look at new crop prices, the price spread between wheat, corn and soybeans gets more narrow. Crop insurance rates are certainly in favor of helping hold spring wheat acres.”
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