BOISE, Idaho — Although Idaho wheat production is down 9 percent from last year and 5 percent from the five-year average, growers and industry leaders are reporting excellent overall quality.

The Capital Press reports ( ) Idaho Wheat Commission Executive Director Blaine Jacobson says the size of the wheat crop is down, but the quality is just “superb.”

Idaho’s average wheat yield set a record of 91.3 bushels per acre in 2016, exceeding the previous record of 85.5 bushels per acre set in 2004. Industry leaders and growers say this year’s average yield — the 2017 number will be released Friday — will be down from last year, but quality is excellent

Information from: The Capital Press (Ore.),

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