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Associated Press, Published May 06 2013

Japanese millers set to meet with NDSU researchers

FARGO — A group of Japanese milling executives plans to visit with North Dakota State University researchers about producing and marketing wheat.

Japan is the largest market for U.S. hard red spring wheat, annually purchasing nearly 55 million bushels. The country also buys significant amounts of hard red winter wheat and white wheat.

North Dakota Wheat Commission marketing specialist Erica Olson says the millers are interested in hearing about the area's possible acreage, growing conditions and price outlook, even though this year's planting of hard red spring wheat is delayed.

The Japanese contingent is scheduled to arrive in Fargo Monday. They also plan to meet in Washington, D.C., with representatives from U.S. Wheat Associates, U.S Department of Agriculture and other organizations.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.