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South Dakota soybean crop expected to be record size; corn production up from last year


SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects South Dakota farmers to produce a record soybean crop and more corn than last year.

USDA's latest production report forecasts the state's soybean crop at 235 million bushels, up 2 percent from last year. Acres for harvest are tying the previous record, and average yield is forecast at a record 46 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from 2014.

The corn crop is expected to be 797 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year. Sorghum production in South Dakota is forecast at 16.4 million bushels, up 73 percent.

Sunflower production is expected at 1.27 billion pounds, which is up 45 percent over last year. But dry edible beans are expected to be at 240,000 hundredweight, which is down 1 percent from 2014.

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