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ND expecting record corn, soybean, canola crops

BISMARCK--North Dakota farmers are set to break records in soybean, corn and canola production. Based on Oct. 1 conditions, North Dakota's soybean crop is forecast at 234 million bushels, up 26 percent from last year, according to the U.S. Depart...

BISMARCK-North Dakota farmers are set to break records in soybean, corn and canola production.

Based on Oct. 1 conditions, North Dakota's soybean crop is forecast at 234 million bushels, up 26 percent from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Corn production is expected to come in at 445 million bushels, up 36 percent from last year, and 2.57 billion pounds of canola are expected, up 3 percent over last year.

Farmers are expected to harvest a record 6.01 million acres of soybeans, up 5 percent from last year. Average yields are also up 6.5 bushels per acre from 2015 to a record 39 bushels per acre average.

The record canola crop could have been even higher this year as forecasted yields are down 10 pounds per acre from a year ago.

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Other harvest projections

-8.66 million hundredweight of dry edible beans, down 3 percent from 2015

- 6.09 million tons of sugarbeets, 6 percent above last year

-1.08 billion pounds of sunflowers, up 1 percent from last year

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