North Dakota has record soybean crop but smaller corn crop; sorghum production also down

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Last year's corn crop in South Dakota was down from the previous year, but soybean production set a record.

The Agriculture Department estimates South Dakota's 2014 soybean crop at 230 million bushels, up 24 percent from 2013. Corn production dropped 2 percent to 787 million bushels.

Nationally, production of both crops set records, at 3.97 billion bushels for soybeans and 14.2 billion bushels for corn. The corn crop was up 3 percent from 2013 and the soybean crop was up 18 percent.

South Dakota last year also saw larger crops of alfalfa hay and dry beans. The state had smaller crops of sorghum, oil sunflowers, millet and flaxseed.

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