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Published August 15, 2011, 09:39 AM

Bad Year For Durum Could Mean Pricier Pasta

Wet conditions and flooding in the Upper Midwest could lead to higher pasta prices in the grocery store.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wet conditions and flooding in the Upper Midwest could lead to higher pasta prices in the grocery store.

Pasta is made from durum wheat. About two-thirds of the nation's crop is grown in North Dakota, where flooding and heavy rain have been a problem this summer. Production is expected to be down 56 percent this year.

North Dakota State University researcher Frank Manthey tells Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/rqkjOx ) that quality also will be an issue with this year's durum crop.

NDSU crop marketing specialist Frayne Olson says pasta companies are worried, and trying to buy up existing durum supplies. He says consumers can expect higher prices for noodles in the store.

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