FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wheat production in North Dakota is forecast to be up dramatically from last year's drought-plagued crop.

The latest forecast from the federal Agriculture Department puts the durum wheat crop up 31 percent to about 38 million bushels, the spring wheat crop up 50 percent to 312 million bushels and the winter wheat crop more than double at 2.8 million bushels.

Production of barley, oats, corn, soybeans and alfalfa hay also is projected to be up from 2017. Production of dry beans is expected to be down, and the sugar beet crop appears relatively stable at down just 2 percent.