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A custom combiner, part of a crew from Nebraska, cuts durum in a field north of Regent in early September.

'Weird' but good year for durum

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With harvest entering the home stretch, North Dakota and Montana durum growers generally are pleased with yields.

"It was a weird year. But I'm happy with how things turned out," said Doug Opland, a Des Lacs farmer and president of the United States Durum Growers Association.

There's concern, however, about the quality of still-to-be-harvested durum. There's also some disappointment over prices.

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