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Published September 30, 2009, 09:31 AM

N.D. spring wheat crop biggest in 13 years

The Agriculture Department says in its annual small grains report that production of spring wheat in North Dakota in 2009 stood at 291 million bushels, up 18 percent from last year and the highest since the 1996 crop of 314 million bushels.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO — North Dakota farmers this year produced their biggest spring wheat crop in 13 years, thanks to a record yield.

The Agriculture Department says in its annual small grains report that production of spring wheat in North Dakota in 2009 stood at 291 million bushels, up 18 percent from last year and the highest since the 1996 crop of 314 million bushels.

Harvested acres were equal to 2008, but the average yield of 45.5 bushels per harvested acre was up 7 bushels over the year to a record high. The previous record was 42 bushels per acre in 1992.

Durum wheat production also was up — 47 percent over the year to just under 62 million bushels. Harvested acres were down 4 percent but the average yield of 38 bushels per acre tied the record set in 1992.

Winter wheat production was estimated at a record 26.2 million bushels, beating last year's record crop of 22.6 million bushels.

The report says North Dakota barley production is down 7 percent this year and oat production is up 72 percent.

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