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Key Philippine wheat millers visiting North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Representatives of five key milling companies in the Philippines are coming to North Dakota to learn more about the region's hard red spring wheat crop.

The U.S. holds a 90 percent spring wheat market share in the Pacific island nation. North Dakota leads the U.S. in producing spring wheat, growing nearly half of the country's crop.

The North Dakota Wheat Commission says the Filipino delegation on Wednesday will visit North Dakota State University and the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, and a shuttle train loading facility in the region.

The Philippines was the top hard red spring wheat export market for the U.S. in the last marketing year, buying more than 43 million bushels.

The Filipino team also is making stops in Oregon, Washington and Kansas during its U.S. trip.