Crops Farmers are Looking to Plant in 2014 - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Crops Farmers are Looking to Plant in 2014


While the 2013 harvest is still underway for some, many producers are already planning what to plant in 2014.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has more on two crops that are becoming very popular in the field.

A strong demand for wheat for soybeans has many farmers looking at planting these two crops this spring.
(Brian O'Toole / Crystal, ND Farmer) "50% of what we grow goes overseas. Wheat we are growing in the U.S. is superior variety."
(Brian O'Toole / Crystal, ND Farmer) "We grow seven different commodities in the Red River Valley. Wheat  is 50% of acres. Other six commodities are rotated into wheat and wheat will always be there for that rotation. It helps our disease and our stewardship in land and we would miss it." 
Joe Barker with CHS Hedging says wheat is one crop that is actually performing during these tough economic times.
Barker says the winter wheat crop across much of the U.S. is off to a very good start.
Whether it's for people or livestock Barker says there's always a demand for wheat kernels.
(Joe Barker / CHS Hedging) "Wheat is a very good substitute for corn in feed rations. We can feed wheat to hogs, we can feed wheat to cattle, if you do it in the right way. Corn is not always  the best substitute for wheat. Especially if you are trying to make bread. Right now the world needs wheat and we have a good supply of it and so we have been exporting a lot of wheat and that's why it has been carrying such a premium to corn. 
Another crop that has made a lot of head way in the Dakotas is soybeans.
The crop wasn't traditionally grown in western North Dakota, but it's becoming more and more common.
Back in the 90s there were only 58 million acres of soybeans in the U.S. today there is roughly 78 million acres.
(Ray Gaesser / American Soybean Association) "In North and South Dakota and parts of Minnesota and Nebraska. That is where the expansion of our soybean acres have really come from. Those extra 16 million acres are really from those areas of the country."
Gaesser says one of the biggest advantages we have compared to other soybean growing areas is we aren't too far from the export hubs.

The United States has exported over 4 million tons of wheat to China so far this year.   


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