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Federal Agriculture Department revises estimate of 2015 North Dakota potato production


FARGO, North Dakota — The federal Agriculture Department has revised its latest estimate of North Dakota potato production.

The agency estimates the state's potato crop at 27.2 million hundredweight, up 14 percent from 2014. An earlier estimate had pegged the crop as 5 percent smaller.

Other estimates have not changed. The state's sugar beet crop is estimated at just under 5.8 million tons, 13 percent higher than last year. Soybean production is forecast at 190 million bushels, down 6 percent. North Dakota's corn crop is estimated at 323 million bushels, up 3 percent.

The dry pea and lentil crops in the state also increased in size this year.

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