BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The Agriculture Department has revised its
estimates for production of small grains such as wheat and barley
but the changes are small.
Estimated U.S. spring wheat production is down less than 1
percent from the Sept. 30 estimate and durum wheat production is
down 1 percent. Total production of all types of wheat is virtually
U.S. production of both oats and barley also is almost unchanged
from the September estimate.
The late September small grains summary usually is USDA's final
word on grains production. This year, the agency re-contacted
farmers in Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming
because wet weather during the initial survey period had
significantly delayed harvest.
Darin Jantzi is director of the North Dakota field office of the
National Agricultural Statistics Service. He says the fact that the
estimates changed little after the second survey is a testament to
USDA's methodology and also to farmers' knowledge about their own
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