Based on October 1 conditions, USDA forecast North Dakota corn production to be eight percent larger than last year’s crop. The average yield is predicted to come in at 146 bushels an acre, down seven bushels from 2018. Soybean production is expected to be down 19 percent with yields unchanged from last year at 35 bushels an acre. North Dakota’s sunflower production is forecast to be up 29 percent; canola production is up four percent and sugarbeet production is up three percent. Dry edible bean production is forecast to drop three percent.
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