Minnesota farmers will be baling more hay this year with acreage projected to increase 23 percent this year. Canola acres are up 20 percent and the amount of ground devoted to sunflowers is down nominally. Minnesota dry edible bean acres are steady. For North Dakota, barley acreage is expected to increase 13 percent from last year. Sunflower farmers intend to boost acreage by ten percent. The area planted to durum in North Dakota is forecast to be record low, down 32 percent from last year. Dry bean and canola acres are also down; six percent and one percent respectively. Hay acreage is predicted to be down nine percent in South Dakota. Winter wheat acreage in the state is up two percent. Sunflower acres in South Dakota are also expected to be up two percent, with oil varieties making up the majority of those acres.
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