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North Dakota corn production expected to be slightly up, but soybeans forecast to be down


FARGO, North Dakota — The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects North Dakota farmers to produce slightly more corn than last year, but fewer soybeans and dry edible beans.

USDA's latest production report forecasts the state's corn crop will increase slightly to 315 million bushels, up less than 1 percent from last year. The sugar beet crop is expected to be 5.72 million tons, up 12 percent.

The 2015 soybean crop in North Dakota is expected to be 190 million bushels, down 6 percent from last year's record. That's due to fewer acres for harvest and a lower average yield.

Dry edible bean production is expected to be 7.74 million hundredweight, which is down about 12 percent from last year.

Sunflowers are expected to come in at 1.02 billion pounds, up 20 percent over 2014.

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