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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 01/10/14

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's corn crop was down slightly last year, even though a record number of acres were planted.  The National Agricultural Statistics Service says the 396 million bushels produced was 6 percent less than the year before.  The average corn yield was an estimated 110 bushels, down 12 bushels from 2012. The area harvested for grain was 3.6 million acres, which was a record.
 
     Production of other crops was also off.  Soybean production last year was an estimated 139 million bushels, down 15 percent.  Potato production was estimated at 22.6 million hundredweight, down 10 percent.  Oil sunflower production is estimated at 510 million pounds, down 61 percent from the previous year.  And canola production is estimated at 1.67 billion pounds, down 18 percent from 2012.
 
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     WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The first government forecast of the growing season shows U.S. farmers planted fewer acres of winter wheat for harvest this year.  The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported today that the 41.9 million planted acres are down 2 percent from last year. Seeding for the 2014 winter wheat crop began in August.
 
     Plantings of hard red winter wheat, used to make bread, were estimated to be up 2 percent at 30.1 million acres.  Significantly more hard red wheat acres were seeded in Colorado, Montana and North Dakota. Those helped offset large acreage decreases in Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
 
     Utah had a record low acreage, while North Dakota seeded a record high number of wheat acres.  Kansas planted 8.8 million acres of winter wheat, down 7 percent from a year ago.


     (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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