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Growing new opportunities for wheat farmers in the High Plains

This field of winter durum wheat is bound for a Kansas City pasta manufacturer after harvest. Ray Brengman, Lakin, Kansas, has been working on breeding a winter durum wheat for 17 years and has two varieties in production in southwest Kansas. (Journal photo by Jennifer M. Latzke.)

Wheat probably isn’t the specialty crop that comes to mind for many farmers in the Great Plains. After all, this region is the Breadbasket of America with its reputation for hard red winter wheat production.

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