South Dakota winter wheat acres down 4 percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's winter wheat crop is a bit smaller than it was a year ago.

The federal Agriculture Department says South Dakota farmers last fall planted 800,000 acres of the crop, down 4 percent from 830,000 acres the previous year.

Winter wheat goes dormant over the winter, then begins growing again in the spring and is harvested in the summer.

Nationally, farmers planted 31.3 million acres of winter wheat, down 4 percent and the second-lowest U.S. acreage on record.

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