- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - This year’s winter wheat crop is bigger in South Dakota but smaller in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department estimates winter wheat acres for harvest in South Dakota this year at 1.48 million, up 22 percent from 1.21 million acres last year.

In North Dakota, the acres for harvest are estimated at 400,000, down more than half from last year’s record of 870,000. Winter wheat is not a staple crop in North Dakota, and acres can fluctuate greatly from year to year.

Winter wheat acres also are down nationally, about 5 percent to 40.5 million acres.

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