• Will buyers accept lower falling numbers? “That will decrease the reputation we have in the Pacific Northwest and take away the differentiation we have for high quality,” Jessup said. “If we end up losing that distinction, all of a sudden instead of selling premium wheat, you just become part of the price culture and you’re going to have to be competitive with price to market your grain.”

• What made 2016 so different? Falling number problems last year were more widespread, with lower lows and lower highs, Jessup said. Typically, lows are in the 250-280 range, and highs are 400-450. In 2016, the highs were 330 to 350 and low readings varied.

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