GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota farmers have planted the fewest acres of durum and hard spring wheat in decades.
The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/pg6n2Bts ) that heavy rains and spring flooding delayed small grains planting this year.
Production is forecast at 24.6 million bushels, or 63 percent below last year.
Hard red spring wheat was estimated at 5.9 million acres and the lowest since 1985. Production is estimated at 228 million bushels, down 18 percent from last year.
Spring wheat is used to make bread. Durum is used to make semolina flour for pasta.