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.