- Associated Press - Friday, September 29, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Production of small grains crops in the Dakotas this year has been dramatically impacted by drought.

Summaries released by the federal Agriculture Department show that spring wheat production is down 23 percent in North Dakota and down 56 percent in South Dakota from a year ago.

Production of winter wheat and durum wheat is down by 50 percent or more in both states. Oat and barley production also is down significantly.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 59 percent of South Dakota and 63 percent of North Dakota still in some stage of drought.

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