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S.D. Sorghum Forecast Down, Dry Edible Peas Up
South Dakota Ag Connection - 09/13/2017

Based on September 1 conditions, South Dakota's 2017 corn crop is forecast at 696 million bushels, down 16 percent from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 4.80 million acres, down 6 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 145 bushels per acre, down 16 bushels from last year.

Soybean production is forecast at 241 million bushels, down 6 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at a record 5.36 million acres, is up 4 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 45 bushels per acre, down 4.5 bushels from last year.

Sorghum for grain production is forecast at 15.6 million bushels, down 1 percent from last year. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 240,000 acres, up 20 percent from 2016. Yield, at 65 bushels per acre, is down 14 bushels from last year.

Dry edible pea production is forecast at 532 thousand hundredweight, up 11 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 38 thousand acres, is up 27 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,400 pounds per acre, down 200 pounds from last year.

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