Farmers to Plant More Wheat, Record Corn in ND

Farmers are expected to plant a bigger crop than last year.


FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota farmers this spring are expected to plant a slightly bigger spring wheat crop than they did last year, and a record corn crop.

The Agriculture Department projects North Dakotas' staple spring wheat crop at 6.7 million acres, up 2 percent from 2018. The corn crop is forecast to be nearly 4.1 million acres, up 29 percent to a new high.

Soybean acreage is expected to fall 6 percent, to 6.5 million acres. The sugar beet crop is projected to be 203,000 acres, up slightly.

Other crops with expected increases are oil and non-oil sunflowers, barley and flaxseed.

Other crops with projected decreases are durum wheat canola, dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas, lentils and oats.