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Durum acreage down in ND

Jul 10, 2019

North Dakota producers have planted a lot less durum this year.

The North Dakota Wheat Commission reports durum acres fell to 750,000 – the lowest since 2011.

Wheat Commission marketing director Jim Peterson said it stands to reason.

"Typically, producers need $1 to $1.50 a bushel premium to grow durum over spring wheat," Peterson said. "That's primarily because of the quality risk."

Peterson said durum has a higher quality threshold to make milling quality.

"That just hasn't been there in the last couple of years," Peterson said.

Mill reports record profits in FY 2018

Jul 29, 2018

The state Mill and Elevator had record profits in fiscal 2018.

The mill made $14.2 million. That’s a 46 percent increase over the profit in fiscal 2017, which was $9.7 million.

The mill transferred just over $10 million in profits to the state’s general fund. In addition, it transferred just under $710,000 to the Agricultural Products Utilization Fund.

At a stete Industrial Commission meeting, Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated Mill President and CEO Vance Taylor for the successful year.