Harvesting wheat

The Washington Grain Commission has set its budget for the coming year.

U.S. wheat prices are lower than those of competing countries, but experts say it's still a tough export market.

Market analyst Stephanie Bryant-Erdmann cites International Grains Council data, saying U.S. wheat is now a better value than that of all major competitors, with U.S. soft red winter wheat at $216 per metric ton, $10 per metric ton below Russian fourth-grade wheat.

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Field Reporter, Spokane

I have been covering wheat and other topics for Capital Press since 2008. Recent stories include emus, radicchio, aphids, Q&As with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, National Association of Wheat Growers president Nicole Berg of Paterson, Wash., and national FFA president Cole Baerlocher, of Colfax, Wash; and a look at umami, or savoriness, the fifth basic taste sensation. If you have a news tip, please contact me at 509-688-9923 or mweaver@capitalpress.com

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