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Published October 07, 2010, 12:58 PM

Cool, Wet Weather Slowing Durum Production

Cool, wet weather at planting and again at harvest means North Dakota farmers are still out in the fields and a few days behind getting all their durum in the bin.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Cool, wet weather at planting and again at harvest means North Dakota farmers are still out in the fields and a few days behind getting all their durum in the bin.

The crop that has come in is fetching surprisingly high prices and reaping record yields.

North Dakota produces about 70 percent of all U.S. durum, which is used in pasta.

Federal estimates say the state's harvest will jump from last year's 61.2 million bushels to 70.3 million. The estimated average yield of 39.5 bushels per acre is an all-time high.

The production would be enough to make nearly 24 billion servings of spaghetti.

High quality North Dakota durum is fetching up to $7 a bushel, at least $2.50 more than expected.

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