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The reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture can feel bleak. This year farmers are projected to plant the second lowest total wheat acreage on record for the U.S. since 1919—47.3 million acres.

Winter wheat acres for 2018 are at the second lowest acreage since 1909, at 32.7 million acres. From new branding efforts, to new structures, to innovative research many scientists and industry professionals across the High Plains are working to ensure that the breadbasket of the world stays right here.

Public and private investment are growing rewards across the wheat chain as Kansas looks to branding, Oklahoma builds capacity, Colorado releases grassy weed control, Texas drones gather data and Nebraska uses genetic markers for improvement.