After reviewing the latest USDA numbers, Agriculture Department Chief Economist Rob Johansson said this is a turnaround year for spring wheat and durum. “We’re seeing a pretty good response in both of the Dakotas and Montana.” Last year’s drought significantly impacted spring wheat production. Total spring wheat production for this year is up a massive 48 percent. Record yields of 48 bushels per acre are forecast nationwide, up nearly seven bushels per acre from last year. Durum wheat production is up 36 percent from 2017, with a significant increase in North Dakota.