Durum in Latin means "hard", and the species is the hardest of all wheat. Its high protein content, as well as its strength, makes durum good for special uses, the most well-known being pasta. It is also one of the hardest of the wheat family to protect from Fusarium head blight, a kiss of death for growers.
A few showers occurred during Friday in southeast Texas and southern Louisiana. Mostly dry elsewhere in the key crop and livestock areas in the central and southeast U.S. and across the Canadian Prairies. Temperatures ranged from the 30s in parts of the Canadian Prairies to the low 80s in south Texas. » More DTN Weather Commentary