Pizza dough prices could rise due to drought


I’m Tyne Morgan with today’s AgDay Minute.

Across the country, spring planting is starting but many farmers are facing drought conditions that grow worse by the day. This video from Kim Saueressing in central North Dakota telling the story…you can see the dust behind him as he works his fields. Right now 92-percent of North Dakota’s topsoil and 68-percent of South Dakota’s topsoil is rated short to very short of moisture. The situation so desperate in North Dakota county Extension agents report producers are starting to de-stock livestock herds by culling cows.

And the dry conditions persist for much of the west, with warmer than normal temperatures not helping things. And that dryness may eventually lead to higher prices when it comes to pizza dough. Bloomberg reporting spring wheat prices jumped to the highest in almost three weeks, with two-thirds of the Northern Plains spring wheat belt expected to be too dry for seeds to germinate. Spring wheat is high in gluten…which works great for croissants, bagels, and pizza dough.

Something new at Starbucks is proving to be too popular, leading to shortages. The company, recently adding oat milk to its menu. Now, just a month later Starbucks is saying some locations have run out. Starbucks has leaned into its oat milk lineup as consumer demand for plant-based milk alternatives has grown.

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