SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — This year’s winter wheat crop in South Dakota is forecast to be much smaller than last year’s, mirroring a national trend.

The Agriculture Department projects the state crop at 39 million bushels, down 39 percent over the year. Both harvested acres and average yield are expected to be down.

National winter wheat production is forecast at 1.25 billion bushels, down 25 percent from 2016.

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