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ND farmers expected to plant more wheat this year

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota farmers intend to plant a lot more wheat this year.

The Agriculture Department in its March 31 prospective plantings report pegs North Dakota's spring wheat crop at 5.9 million acres, up 16 percent from last year. The durum wheat crop is estimated at 1.1 million acres, up 38 percent.

The corn crop in North Dakota is expected to be down 23 percent from last year's record. The soybean crop is expected to be up 22 percent from 2013. That mirrors the national trend, with more farmers turning to soybeans because of a higher demand for the crop.

Other North Dakota crops that will likely see an increase in acres are canola, sunflowers, dry beans and flaxseed.

Crops with expected acreage drops are hay, barley, oats and sugar beets.