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Published March 31, 2011, 05:29 PM

ND farmers expected to plant more spring wheat

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota farmers expect to plant more spring wheat and less durum wheat this year.

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota farmers expect to plant more spring wheat and less durum wheat this year.

The Agriculture Department's spring planting estimates released Thursday peg the state's spring wheat crop at 7.1 million acres and the durum crop at 1.6 million acres. Spring wheat is up 11 percent and durum down 11 percent.

The report also projects record soybean, canola and lentil crops in North Dakota, as well as a corn crop 22 percent larger than last year. Sugar beet acres are expected to be up 5 percent.

All other crops are projected to see acreage drops in North Dakota: oats, barley, flaxseed, dry edible beans and peas, sunflowers and hay.

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