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Published March 31, 2011, 01:34 PM

SD corn acres expected to be 2nd largest on record

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota farmers expect to plant their second-largest corn crop in history this year.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota farmers expect to plant their second-largest corn crop in history this year.

The Agriculture Department on Thursday released spring planting estimates that peg South Dakota’s corn crop at 5.4 million acres, up 850,000 acres from last year and the largest crop since 5.5 million acres in 1931.

Soybean acres in South Dakota are expected to rise 2 percent, to 4.3 million. Winter wheat acres seeded last fall totaled 1.65 million acres, up 22 percent over the year.

Other crops that are expected to see acreage increases in the state are sunflowers, sorghum and dry edible beans.

The hay, spring wheat, oats and barley crops are projected to be smaller this year in South Dakota.

Durum wheat and flax acres are expected to be unchanged.

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