FARGO, N.D. — The latest crop production report from the federal Agriculture Department shows North Dakota crops are feeling the effects of widespread drought.
The state’s staple spring wheat crop is forecast to be down 31 percent from last year, to 186 million bushels. Durum production is expected to be down 56 percent, to just under 26 million bushels. Winter wheat production is projected at 1.5 million bushels, down 74 percent.
Other projected drops are barley, down 44 percent, oats, down 37 percent, alfalfa hay, down 21 percent, corn, down 19 percent, soybeans, down 5 percent and sugar beets, down 1 percent.
The only crop showing a projected increase is dry beans, up 14 percent.