- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting a record corn yield in South Dakota this year.

USDA’s latest production report forecasts the average corn yield in the state at 160 bushels per acre, 6 percent above the record of 151 bushels set in 2009.

Randy Hascall with the South Dakota Corn Growers Association tells the Capital Journal that members are “seeing some of the best corn they have grown.” He credits timely rains.

Total corn production in South Dakota this year is still expected to be down 3 percent from last year because of a drop in acres. Production is forecast at 760 million bushels.

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