The terrible Canterbury autumn has resulted in a shortage of wheat for flour so iconic Kiwi brand Edmonds is having to import flour made from Australian wheat. Edmonds flour is traditionally manufactured from only locally produced wheat, but it now has to source wheat from Australia. It will still be milled and packed in New Zealand and will be back to NZ wheat when the tallies improve again. Federated Farmers Arable Chair Colin Hurst says it was a combination of wet summer weather and less wheat planted due to a low contract price. He says the Ukraine situation has also resulted in the global wheat price going through the roof. With the contract price up 50% that should encourage more farmers to sow wheat in the spring.
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