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Philippine officials to inspect ND spring wheat

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Representatives from the Philippines flour milling industry are scheduled to stop in North Dakota this weekend to inspect the quality of the hard red spring wheat crop.

Officials with the North Dakota Wheat Commission say the group will receive updates from North Dakota State University researchers on new varieties of the crop.

Spring wheat exports from North Dakota in the last crop year totaled 322 million bushels, which was the third-highest level on record.

The Agriculture Department estimated this year's crop at 5.9 million acres, the lowest in North Dakota since 1985.

The Philippines is the second largest exporter of hard red spring wheat from the U.S., with an average of more than 30 million bushels a year. Japan exports about 60 million bushels annually.