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Published September 12, 2013, 02:22 PM

USDA drops ND corn, soy yield forecasts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its yield forecast for North Dakota’s corn and soybean crops.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its yield forecast for North Dakota’s corn and soybean crops.

Both crops got off to a late start this spring as many farmers were forced to delay planting because of the early cool, dry weather.

The average yield for North Dakota’s corn crop is forecast at 111 bushels per acre, down 5 bushels from the August estimate and down 11 bushels from last year, according to the department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

North Dakota’s corn crop is forecast at just below 400 million bushels, down about 5 percent from last year’s record high.

The state’s soybean yield is forecast at 32 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from the August forecast and down 5 bushels from last year.

North Dakota soybean farmers are expected to produce 126 million bushels in 2013, down 21 percent from last year’s record high and down 9 percent from the August forecast.

Sugar beet production is forecast at 5.02 million tons, up 2 percent from last month but 17 percent below last year’s crop. The expected average yield is 22.5 tons per acre, up a half ton from last month but down 5.5 tons from the record high set in 2012.

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