North Dakota farmers plant more spring wheat, less durum

July 10, 2018

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota farmers planted more spring wheat this year but less durum wheat.

The Agriculture Department’s recent acreage estimates put spring wheat up 23 percent to 6.6 million acres and durum wheat down 21 percent to 1 million.

Potato and sugar beet acres in the state are relatively stable, down 1 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Corn is down 2 percent and soybeans down 7 percent.

Canola acres are estimated at a record 1.65 million, up 4 percent from 2017.

Other North Dakota crops with estimated increases in acres are sunflowers, safflower and alfalfa hay.

Other crops with estimated acreage decreases are oats, flaxseed, dry beans, dry peas and lentils.

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