Highlights from USDA crop report

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South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Last year’s corn crop in South Dakota was down from the previous year, but soybean production set a record.

The Agriculture Department estimates South Dakota’s 2014 soybean crop at 230 million bushels, up 24 percent from 2013. Corn production dropped 2 percent to 787 million bushels.

Nationally, production of both crops set records, at 3.97 billion bushels for soybeans and 14.2 billion bushels for corn. The corn crop was up 3 percent from 2013 and the soybean crop was up 18 percent.

South Dakota last year also saw larger crops of alfalfa hay and dry beans. The state had smaller crops of sorghum, oil sunflowers, millet and flaxseed.

North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Last year’s corn crop in North Dakota was down from the previous year, but soybean production set a record.

The Agriculture Department estimates North Dakota’s 2014 soybean crop at 203 million bushels, up 43 percent from 2013. Corn production dropped 21 percent to 314 million bushels.

Nationally, production of both crops set records, at 3.97 billion bushels for soybeans and 14.2 billion bushels for corn. The corn crop was up 3 percent from 2013 and the soybean crop was up 18 percent.

North Dakota last year also saw larger crops of potatoes, oil sunflowers, canola, flaxseed, dry beans and alfalfa hay. The state had smaller crops of sugar beets, dry peas, lentils and safflower.

Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s corn harvest in 2014 slipped from the previous year, but soybean production was up.

Updated estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday say Minnesota’s corn production was 1.18 billion bushels. That’s down 8 percent from the USDA’s November forecast and down 9 percent from 2013. Yields averaged 156 bushels an acre, down 9 bushels from the November forecast and 3 bushels below 2013.

Minnesota soybean production for 2014 remained steady from the November forecast at an estimated 305 million bushels, up 10 percent from the previous year.

Spring wheat production is estimated at 64.9 million bushels, down 2 percent from 2013. Yield was 55 bushels an acre, down 2 bushels from 2013.

The sugar beet harvest is estimated at 9.77 million tons, down 12 percent from 2013.

Winter wheat acres for harvest differ in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — This year’s winter wheat crop is bigger in South Dakota but smaller in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department estimates winter wheat acres for harvest in South Dakota this year at 1.48 million, up 22 percent from 1.21 million acres last year.

In North Dakota, the acres for harvest are estimated at 400,000, down more than half from last year’s record of 870,000. Winter wheat is not a staple crop in North Dakota, and acres can fluctuate greatly from year to year.

Winter wheat acres also are down nationally, about 5 percent to 40.5 million acres.