By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota farmers are expected to harvest a bigger soybean crop than last year, but the state’s corn harvest is expected to be down.

The federal government says based on Sept. 1 conditions, North Dakota’s 2017 soybean crop is forecast at 250 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year. Average soybean yield is forecast at 35 bushels per acre, down 6.5 bushels from 2016.

Corn production is forecast at 428 million bushels, down 17 percent from last year. Average yield is forecast at 124 bushels per acre, down 34 bushels from last year.

North Dakota’s sugar beet production is forecast at just over 6 million tons, down 3 percent from last year’s crop. But yield is forecast at a record 31.4 tons per acre.

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