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Grain prices up, production down

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While July's heat was good for sun-seekers and water lovers, it wasn't so great for the region's wheat crop, according to reports released by the United States Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota State University Extension Service over the last few weeks.

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Durum wheat production was down 40 percent, and all other spring wheat was down about 8 percent, thanks to a hot, dry July that drastically reduced yields in most places, especially central and western North Dakota.

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