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Published August 11, 2011, 04:39 PM

ND Durum, Wheat Acres Lowest in Decades

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota farmers have planted the fewest acres of durum and hard spring wheat in decades.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota farmers have planted the fewest acres of durum and hard spring wheat in decades.

Heavy rains and spring flooding delayed small grains planting this year.

The agency's report released Thursday says only 800,000 acres of durum was planted in North Dakota this spring. That's down from 1.85 million acres last year and the lowest since 1958.

Production is forecast at 24.6 million bushels, or 63 percent below last year.

Hard red spring wheat was estimated at 5.9 million acres and the lowest since 1985. Production is estimated at 228 million bushels, down 18 percent from last year.

Spring wheat is used to make bread. Durum is used to make semolina flour for pasta.

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