- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota’s corn crop is forecast to be down 3 percent from last year.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates the average yield for corn to be 147 bushels per acre, based on Aug. 1 conditions. That is down 12 bushels from last year’s record high.

Soybean production is forecast to be down 13 percent and alfalfa hay down 9 percent from last year.

Oat production is forecast up 6 percent, while winter wheat is expected to be up 35 percent from last year.

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