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Drought cuts spring wheat yields in northwest North Dakota - tour

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Spring wheat yields across the northwest quarter of North Dakota are well below average this year as severe heat and long stretches of dry weather sapped crop potential, scouts on an annual tour of the country's top producing state said on Wednesday.

By Karl Plume

DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota, July 28 (Reuters) - Spring wheat yields across the northwest quarter of North Dakota are well below average this year as severe heat and long stretches of dry weather sapped crop potential, scouts on an annual tour of the country's top producing state said on Wednesday.

The tour estimated the average yield at 24.6 bushels per acre (bpa) on the second day of the three-day Wheat Quality Council tour, down from 40.8 bpa in 2019 and the five-year average of 42.4 bpa. The tour was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A scorching drought slashed crop potential for spring wheat, used in pizza crusts and bagels and to "blend up" protein content in lower-quality wheat, sending prices this summer to the highest in nearly a decade as millers, bakers and global buyers assessed tightening supplies.

(Reporting by Karl Plume in Devils Lake, North Dakota; editing by Grant McCool)

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