A big unknown for spring wheat continues to be abandonment. South Dakota Wheat Commission Executive Director Reid Christopherson hopes to get the answer in USDA’s small grains summary. “There’s been a lot of speculation about what that will look like and now, we’ll finally see the NASS interpretation of the harvested acres vs. planted acres.” South Dakota had a dry production year. North Dakota, the largest spring wheat producing state in the U.S., also experienced drought. Spring wheat producers struggled to get the crop planted. There were uneven fields due to warmer-than-usual temps and minimal rainfall. That ended with baling or grazing the wheat or a spotty spring wheat harvest. “We’ll be watching today’s abandonment data, because that could impact future prices.”
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