- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Production of most small grains in North Dakota dropped this year from last year’s totals.

The federal Agriculture Department says North Dakota’s staple spring wheat crop totaled 269 million bushels, down 16 percent from 2015. The drop was due to both fewer acres and lower yields - though the average yield was down only 2 bushels per acre from last year’s record high.

Oat production in the state was down 30 percent from 2015, winter wheat was down 31 percent and barley was down 36 percent.

Durum wheat production was up 37 percent, to 58.3 million bushels. That was due to a big increase in acres and a record average yield of 40.5 bushels per acre. Durum wheat is used for pasta.

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