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ND crops expected to rebound from 2011 flooding

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Wheat production in North Dakota is expected to rebound from the flood-plagued 2011.

The Department of Agriculture's first forecast for 2012 pegs North Dakota's staple spring wheat crop at 230 million bushels, up 37 percent from last year. Durum wheat production is forecast at just under 46 million bushels, an increase of 152 percent. Winter wheat production is predicted to be 38.5 million bushels, up 177 percent.

USDA also expects big production increases for North Dakota corn, soybeans, barley, oats and dry edible beans. Sugar beet production is pegged at 5.7 million tons, up 24 percent.

Alfalfa hay is the only crop expected to see a decrease, from 3.6 million tons last year to 2.4 million tons this year.