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Associated Press, Published July 01 2010

North Dakota has bigger durum, spring wheat crops

The Agriculture Department says acres of both spring wheat and durum wheat are up in North Dakota this year.

The department released its June acreage report Wednesday. It estimates North Dakota spring wheat acres at 6.7 million, up 4 percent from last year, and durum at 1.8 million, up 9 percent.

Estimated soybean acres are down 3 percent from last year’s record, to

3.8 million, while corn is up 5 percent, to just over 2 million acres.

Acres are down for North Dakota barley, oats, oil sunflower and alfalfa hay crops. The report says dry edible bean, flaxseed, sugar beet and canola crops are bigger. The canola estimate is at a record 1.35 million acres.

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