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Sun Aug 13, 2017, 02:02 AM

SD farmers to take in smallest wheat harvest since 2002, also a drought year

South Dakota’s farmers will glean the least wheat this year since 2002, when a drought cut grain yields in a way similar to this summer.

According to a USDA production report released on Thursday, the state’s farmers will harvest only 24.7-million bushels of the winter wheat planted last fall.

That would be the lowest since 2002, when only 20.1-million bushels were produced, according to figures from USDA’s ag-statistics service in Sioux Falls. About all of the winter wheat has been harvested in the state.

Hard red spring wheat production this year will total only 30.1-million bushels in the state. That would be the lowest since 24-million bushels were harvested in 2002.

Read more: http://www.capjournal.com/news/sd-farmers-to-take-in-smallest-wheat-harvest-since-also/article_3798bed6-7e51-11e7-8400-1bd37a9a92c5.html

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