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Published October 11, 2012, 11:16 AM

NASS report: Corn, soybean numbers good for ND, Minn.

The crop production report released today by the National Agricultural Statistics Service supports what farmers have been expecting of yields in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

For weeks North Dakota and Minnesota corn and soybean farmers have talked about better-than-expected yields this harvest.

NASS pegs the average corn yield in North Dakota at 115 bushels per acre, up from 105 bushels per acre last year. The average soybean yield for the state is estimated at 34 bushels per acre, up from 29 bushels per acre a year ago.

In Minnesota, the average corn yield is estimated at 168 bushels per acre, up from 156 bushels per acre a year ago. The state’s average soybean yield is pegged at 43 bushels per acre, up from 39 bushels last year.

Good subsoil moisture and new crop varieties that hold up well in drought get the credit, farmers and others say.

Keep in mind that 2011 corn and soybean yields in the area were hurt by an extremely wet spring that delayed planting.

As expected, drought in South Dakota hurt its corn and soybean crops. NASS pegs the state’s average corn yield at 94 bushels per acre, down from 132 bushels per acre. South Dakota’s average soybean yield is estimated at 28 bushels per acre, down from 37 bushels per acre.

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