Montana Wheat and Barley Planted Varieties: A Visual Overview for 2019


Wheat and barley are two of the most economically important crops produced in Montana. Buyers of Montana grains are always interested in the types of varieties produced in the state in order to make appropriate procurement decisions. The 2019 Montana Wheat and Barley Variety Survey continues the two decades of data collection efforts that help quantify farmers’ planting choices and how those decisions change over time. The visual summary below provides an overview of the results from the 2019 survey, which was supported with funds from the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. For a more detailed summary, view the full report here.

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(Photo by Ninian Reid is licensed under CC BY 4.0)



About Author

Dr. Anton Bekkerman is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, joining the faculty in 2009 after completing his PhD at North Carolina State University. Bekkerman's primary areas of research are grain marketing, basis and price forecast modeling, understanding how grain prices are affected by changes in supply chain infrastructures and quality demands, and analyzing the economic trade-offs of adopting alternative dryland cropping systems in Montana. One of his current projects is an investigation of how new grain loading technologies are affecting prices that Montana farmers receive for their wheat. Bekkerman is also examining the economic impacts that Montana's rapidly expanding dry pulse industry will have on the state's crop industry. Although Bekkerman grew up on the east coast, he has recently made a small step toward production agricultural after acquiring three backyard chickens.

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