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Published November 09, 2011, 09:32 AM

N.D. small grains estimates see small changes

The late-September USDA small grains summary report typically is the final word on production for the year, but sometimes the agency will resurvey farmers if a significant number still have crop in the field when the initial survey is done.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO — A late-October survey of North Dakota farmers who were later than normal getting their small grains crops in the bin has resulted in a few changes to the official U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates for the state.

The late-September USDA small grains summary report typically is the final word on production for the year, but sometimes the agency will resurvey farmers if a significant number still have crop in the field when the initial survey is done. That happened this year in several states including North Dakota.

USDA says North Dakota's estimated spring wheat production fell 5.5 million bushels to 168 million, and durum wheat production dropped 487,500 bushels to 18.2 million. Oat production decreased 170,000 bushels to 4.42 million, and the barley crop was unchanged at 16.5 million bushels.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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