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Forecast predicts bigger North Dakota wheat crops this year; many other crops also to rise

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FARGO, North Dakota — The latest estimates from the federal Agriculture Department predict a bigger spring wheat and durum crop in North Dakota this year.

Spring wheat production is forecast at 298 million bushels, up 2 percent from 2014. Durum wheat production is pegged at 38.5 million bushels, up 36 percent from last year.

Winter wheat is forecast to be down 56 percent, but it's not a major crop in North Dakota at 12 million bushels.

Production of soybeans and alfalfa hay also is expected to be down in the state. But production increases are forecast for barley, oats, corn, dry beans and sugar beets.

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