South Dakota farmers to harvest small winter wheat crop


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota farmers this year are expected to harvest the fewest acres of winter wheat in nearly half a century.

The Capital Journal ( ) reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistics service estimates 780,000 acres of winter wheat will be harvested in July, down 29 percent from the 2016 harvest of 1.1 million acres.

"It was less than I expected," said Reid Christopherson, head of the South Dakota Wheat Commission.

Reid said many farmers didn't plant wheat this year because of low prices due to big wheat supplies worldwide. Wheat st...

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