Like wheat? Like maps?

A new US. Wheat Associates interactive map provides a geographic overview of the U.S. wheat industry.

McLaughlin, S.D., farmer Steve Pfeifer, left, runs his combine with a stripper head through a 2-mile-long spring wheat field, as the grain cart gets into position. The crew is flanked by a sunflower field that looked good after being treated for bugs. Photo taken Aug. 12, 2020, at McLaughlin, S.D. Mikkel Pates / Agweek

There's something about maps, especially interactive ones, that many people enjoy. U.S. Wheat Associates has introduced what it says is the first digital map of the U.S. wheat production system.

The map includes a selection tool that allows the viewer to identify, in any combination, U.S. wheat production by class, wheat shuttle loading terminals, Class 1 U.S. rail lines and spurs, river terminals, major rivers and export elevator locations. It uses data from multiple sources, including satellite imagery, to identify fields planted to wheat between 2013 and 2019.

As the map shows, wheat is widely grown in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and northwest Montana.

Posted on the U.S. Wheat Associates website at . the map was built in cooperation with Heartland GIS using funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service Agricultural Trade Promotion program.

The map will be especially important in helping U.S. Wheat Associates representatives work with wheat buyers worldwide. said U.S. Wheat Associates, which works to strengthen demand for U.S. wheat around the world.

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