Wheat production estimates mixed in the DakotasFARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wheat production is expected to be up in North Dakota this year but down in South Dakota.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wheat production is expected to be up in North Dakota this year but down in South Dakota.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest projections estimate North Dakota's spring wheat crop at 214 million bushels, up 28 percent over the year, and durum wheat at 41.9 million bushels, up 130 percent. The crops are rebounding after 2011 flooding. North Dakota's winter wheat production is forecast at a record 34.3 million bushels, up 147 percent.
Winter wheat is a bigger crop in South Dakota, so wide fluctuations are not as likely as they are in North Dakota. USDA pegs South Dakota's winter wheat production at 55.9 million bushels, down 16 percent from last year, and the state's spring wheat crop at 37.5 million bushels, down 1 percent.