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Wheat tour reveals promising crop progress

Grain buyers, mill representatives and Virginia Cooperative Extension staff got a firsthand look at Virginia’s wheat quality and yield potential during an annual spring tour on May 30.

Organized by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Extension, this year’s tour participants visited 12 farms across the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Buyers, end-users and others in the industry reviewed wheat production practices, estimated yield quality, sampled test weights and checked for signs of disease.

This is the ninth year that Virginia fields were included in the multi-state Mid-Atlantic wheat tour, which also surveys farms in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Designed to offer stakeholders an idea of what to expect from this year’s crop to assist with purchasing and milling decisions, the tour also promotes relationships between buyers and farmers.

“We try to bring the industry people together, get the buyers out to the farms to see what they h...

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