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Published March 28, 2013, 01:08 PM

USDA releases prospective spring planting in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota spring wheat producers intend to plant 6.2 million acres, which is up 8 percent from last year.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota spring wheat producers intend to plant 6.2 million acres, which is up 8 percent from last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its prospective planting guidelines Thursday.

Durum wheat producers are expected to plant a total of 1.1 million acres, down 18 percent from last year. Winter wheat acres seeded last fall totaled 350,000 acres. That's down 53 percent from a year earlier.

Corn growers in North Dakota intend to plant 4.1 million acres, while soybean growers plan to plant 4.9 million acres. Those are 14 and 3 percent increases, respectively, over the previous year. If growers are successful, the amounts grown will be record highs.

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