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Associated Press, Published June 28 2013

Durum, winter wheat acres down in North Dakota

FARGO — North Dakota farmers have planted significantly fewer acres of Durum and winter wheat.

The Agriculture Department's June acreage report estimates North Dakota Durum acres at 850,000, down 37 percent over the year. Durum is used for pasta. The state's winter wheat acres are estimated at 350,000, a 53 percent drop from last year.

Acres of the state's staple spring wheat crop have dropped 1 percent from 2012, to 5.7 million.

North Dakota soybean acres are estimated at 4.4 million, down 7 percent from last year's record crop. The state's record corn crop is 3.9 million acres, up 8 percent. The canola crop of 860,000 acres is down 41 percent.

Acres of barley, safflowers, flaxseed, dry edible beans and alfalfa hay are down, while sugar beet acres are up.

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