- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota’s spring wheat crop is forecast to be down 9 percent from last year.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates the average yield for spring wheat to be 47 bushels per acre, based on Aug. 1 conditions. That is down 1 bushel from 2015.

Durum wheat production is forecast to be up 19 percent and winter wheat down 16 percent from last year. Barley is expected to be down 29 percent and oats are predicted to be down 6 percent.

Corn production is forecast to be up 34 percent from 2015 at 439 million bushels, and soybean production is projected to jump 4 percent from last year.

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