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N.D. Dry Bean Forecast Up 24 Percent, Sunflowers Down 60
North Dakota Ag Connection - 10/13/2017

Based on October 1 conditions, North Dakota's 2017 corn production is forecast at 402 million bushels, down 22 percent from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 3.19 million acres, is down 2 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 126 bushels per acre, down 32 bushels from last year.

Soybean production is forecast at a record 256 million bushels, up 3 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at a record 7.10 million acres, is 19 percent above 2016. Yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, down 5.5 bushels from last year.

Dry edible bean production is forecast at 11.1 million hundredweight, up 24 percent from 2016. Area for harvest, at 675,000 acres, is up 19 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 1,640 pounds per acre, up 60.0 pounds per acre from last year.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at a record 6.37 million tons, up 2 percent from 2016. Area for harvest, at 208,000 acres, is up 2 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 30.6 tons per acre, down 0.2 tons per acre from a year ago.

All sunflower production is forecast at 459 million pounds, down 60 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 418,000 acres, is down 245,000 from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,097 pounds per acre, down 619 pounds per acre from a year ago. Of the acres for harvest, non-oil sunflowers account for 33,000 acres and oil sunflowers account for 385,000 acres.

Canola production is forecast at 2.23 billion pounds, down 16 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at a record 1.58 million acres, is up 9 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,410 pounds per acre, down 430 pounds per acre from a year ago.

Alfalfa hay production, at 1.67 million tons, is down 30 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 1.45 million acres, is up 4 percent from a year ago. Yield of 1.15 tons per acre, is down 0.55 tons from 2016. All other hay production, at 1.10 million tons, is down 43 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 1.10 million acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Yield of 1.00 tons per acre, is down 0.75 tons from 2016.

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