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South Dakota’s soybean crop projected to be a record

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers this year are expected to harvest a record soybean crop.

The Agriculture Department says the crop is forecast at 238 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year. The 5.17 million acres for harvest is a record, and the yield of 46 bushels per acre would tie last year’s record.

South Dakota’s corn crop is projected to be down 6 percent, to 755 million bushels.

Sorghum and alfalfa hay production in the state both are forecast to be down 9 percent from 2015. Sunflower production is pegged at 906 million pounds, down 26 percent from a year ago.

North Dakota corn and soybean crops expected to set records

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s corn and soybean crops are both expected to set records this year.

The Agriculture Department says corn production is forecast at 445 million bushels, up 36 percent from 2015. The soybean crop is pegged at 234 million bushels, up 26 percent from a year ago.

Sunflower production is expected to be up 1 percent, canola up 3 percent to a record, and sugar beets up 6 percent.

The report forecasts dry edible bean production in North Dakota to be down 3 percent and alfalfa hay to be down 12 percent.

Fire destroys Medina grain elevator; no reports of injuries

MEDINA, N.D. (AP) — Fire has destroyed a grain elevator in Medina.

The blaze at the Diamond W Feeds Elevator broke out about 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 16. Crews from half a dozen towns battled the fire.

KFGO radio reports the mostly wooden main elevator collapsed about midnight.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Glen Taylor moves into food industry with Windom pork plant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Billionaire printing magnate and Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is becoming involved in the food industry.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that Taylor and a group of investors are spending millions of dollars to convert a former beef plant into a hog processing facility. They plan to open Prime Pork in Windom by January.

The operation hopes to tap into the growing desire of people to know where and how their food is produced.

Plant Manager Wayne Kies says Prime Pork customers will know which farms the hogs came from, how they were raised and treated, and what they were fed. He says the operation also won’t accept hogs treated with a growth stimulant that’s banned by China, a fast-growing pork market.

Boy fine after accidentally being shot by brother on farm

ABERCROMBIE, N.D. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was treated at a hospital and released after accidentally being shot by his brother on a Richland County farm.

The sheriff’s office says the teen was accidentally shot in the thigh by his 9-year old brother with a .22-caliber rifle while the two were shooting pigeons with their father on a farm south of Abercrombie on Oct. 16.

The sheriff’s office and the state Game and Fish Department are investigating.