Big spring wheat and durum crops seen in U.S.

Crop scouts on an annual Wheat Quality Council tour to assess U.S. spring wheat yields are reporting above-average yields.

A Reuters report says a survey of four fields in southeastern North Dakota projected hard red spring wheat yields at 44 bushels per acre, down from 44.7 in 2009. The five-year average for the area is 35.3 bushels per acre.

Along another route in southwest North Dakota, scouts projected HRS yields at 39.2 bushels per acre vs 44.7 bushels last year. A survey of two durum fields projected yields along the same route at 32.1 bushels per acre.

The tour ends Thursday. Before the tour average estimates in a Reuters poll were 44 bushels per acre vs.a record 46.2 bushels predicted last year. Durum yields were also projected at 44 bushels versus 36.2 last year.

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