Amanda Kautz, left, a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency, and Ken Ulbrich, of Bay State Milling, evaluate spring wheat. They worked Thursday in a field near Mekinock, N.D. Thirty-six "crop scouts" toured areas throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota to gage the potential yield for the upcoming harvest. The group predicts a better-than-average crop, which may boost North Dakota past Kansas as the top wheat producing state.

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