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Estimate of ND spring wheat crop up 13 percent

FARGO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expecting a North Dakota spring wheat crop that's 13 percent larger than last year.

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says the state's crop is forecast at 267 million bushels with an average yield of 46 bushels per acre, down a half bushel from 2013.

Durum wheat production is forecast at 32.3 million bushels, up 9 percent from last year, with an average yield forecast at 38 bushels per acre, down a half bushel.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 26.3 million bushels. That's a 21 percent drop from the June 1 forecast, but a 199 percent jump from last year's crop.

Barley production is forecast at 37.2 million bushels, and oat production is forecast at 9.36 million bushels.

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