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Press Photo by Dustin Monke An auger from a combine unloads durum wheat into a grain trailer south of Dickinson on Aug. 5. Less wheat of all varieties is expected to be planed in North Dakota in 2013.

King wheat? Wheat on the Northern Plains continues to decline as interest in corn and soybeans is strong again this spring

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GRAND FORKS -- Wheat is a big part of Brian O'Toole's life.

The Crystal, N.D., farmer grows it, handles it in his family seed business and promotes it as a member of U.S. Wheat Associates, which develops export markets for the crop.

So O'Toole takes a strong interest in a powerful trend that's reshaping agriculture on the Northern Plains. Wheat, once the region's dominant crop, keeps losing ground, literally, to corn and soybeans.

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