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Published September 12, 2011, 10:23 AM

ND farmers expected to produce more corn than 2010

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota farmers are expected to produce more than 262 million bushels of corn this year, up 6 percent from last year.

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota farmers are expected to produce more than 262 million bushels of corn this year, up 6 percent from last year.

The Agriculture Department says the expected average yield for corn of 125 bushels per acre is down 7 bushels from 2010. Acreage for harvested grain is estimated at 2.1 million acres, up 12 percent from a year ago.

Soybean production is forecast at 123 million bushels, down 11 percent from last year. The area to be harvested is estimated at 4.1 million acres, up slightly from last year. The expected yield of 30 bushels per acre is down 4 bushels.

Sugar beet production is estimated at 5.08 million tons, down 10 percent from a year ago. The average yield is expected to be 22 tons, down 4.5 tons.

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