The agriculture departments in North and South Dakota say winter wheat production is expected to be down this year.

The Agriculture Department in South Dakota on Tuesday forecast this year's crop in the state at 57.8 million bushels, down 10 percent from last year's production of 64.3 million bushels.

Yield is expected to be up from last year, but both planted acres and expected harvested acres are down.

North Dakota farmers are expected to produce 36 percent less winter wheat this year.

Winter wheat is a minor crop in North Dakota, which can result in large percentage swings from year to year.

The Agriculture department in North Dakota on Tuesday forecast this year's crop in the state at 16.6 million bushels, down from last year's production of 26.2 million bushels.

Yield is expected to be at a record high 52 bushels per acre, but both planted acres and expected harvested acres are down.

Nationwide, winter wheat production this year is pegged at 1.5 billion bushels, down 4 percent from 2009.

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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