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Published May 11, 2010, 11:34 AM

Less Winter Wheat Expected to be Produced

The Agriculture Department says North Dakota farmers are expected to produce 36 percent less winter wheat this year.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The Agriculture Department says North Dakota

farmers are expected to produce 36 percent less winter wheat this year.

Winter wheat is a minor crop in North Dakota, which can result in large percentage swings from year to year.

The department on Tuesday forecast this year's crop in the state at 16.6 million bushels, down from last year's production of 26.2 million bushels.

Yield is expected to be at a record high 52 bushels per acre, but both planted acres and expected harvested acres are down.

Nationwide, winter wheat production this year is pegged at 1.5 billion bushels, down 4 percent from 2009.

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