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A trade organization is describing the wheat crop in the Upper Midwest in terms usually reserved for online dating prospects: beautiful and disease-free.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the Colorado-based Wheat Quality Council made 472 stops in fields in North Dakota, South Dakota and northwestern Minnesota in its annual tour of wheat fields. The two day tour brought a record 75 people, including government statisticians, millers and representatives of other companies in the wheat industry.

The newspaper reports that they came up with yield estimates about the same as last year, at just under 45 bushels per acres, even though this year’s cool, wet spring prevented some fields from being planted and caused others to be planted later than usual. Although the crop isn’t as advanced as it normally is, warm July temperatures helped it catch up.

Overall, the tour “had a tough time finding any poor wheat fields,” said the Council's Ben Handcock. “Fields were disease-free, and farmers did a good job keeping them free of weeds, too.”

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