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ND winter wheat production to nearly triple

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Winter wheat production in North Dakota this year is expected to be up dramatically from 2013.

The Agriculture Department's latest estimate is 33.1 million bushels, nearly triple the size of last year's crop.

The main reason is that farmers planted more of the crop last fall, due to a large number of prevented planting acres in spring 2013 and favorable fall planting conditions.

Acres for harvest are pegged at 720,000, up 251 percent over the year. The average yield is forecast at 46 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year.

Winter wheat production nationwide is pegged at 1.38 billion bushels, down 10 percent from a year ago.