It’s unclear what will happen in the next year for wheat shipments out of the Port of Duluth. NDSU Extension Crops Marketing Economist Frayne Olson says there are two factors affecting wheat movement, the yield potential for the newly planted crop and global wheat markets. “We’re seeing hot, dry conditions in southern Europe and if there are production problems, we could see additional durum from this region going through the Port of Duluth,” said Olson. “Going back several years, North Africa was also a major buyer of U.S. spring wheat, but because of the lower-cost wheat out of the Black Sea region, we lost most of that marketplace.” With Ukraine’s situation, that could change. “The war, supply chain disruptions and concerns about where the North African market could turn to backfill those bushels, I wouldn’t be surprised to see additional wheat movement through Duluth going to either market.”
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