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Associated Press, Published June 12 2013

ND winter wheat crop forecast at 15.6M bushels

BISMARCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting North Dakota's 2013 winter wheat crop to be down 61 percent from last year's record crop.

The department in its crop production report forecast the crop based on June 1 conditions at 15.6 million bushels, down 12 percent from the May 1 estimate.

The average yield is forecast at 46 bushels per acre, down 6 bushels from last month and down 9 bushels from last year.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 340,000 acres, unchanged from May 1 but down 53 percent from last year. That would be 97 percent of the planted acres.

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