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Published May 10, 2012, 11:38 AM

ND winter wheat crop up dramatically this year

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota winter wheat farmers expect to produce 34.6 million bushels this year, 1 ½ times more than last year.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota winter wheat farmers expect to produce 34.6 million bushels this year, 1 ½ times more than last year.

The Agriculture Department forecasts both yield and harvested acres to be up significantly over the year. An increase in planted acres last fall likely is due to the large amount of cropland that was flooded in the spring but dried out later in the year.

Winter wheat production nationwide is forecast at just under 1.7 billion bushels, up 13 percent from 2011.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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