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N.D. Soybean Forecast Up 26 Percent from 2019
North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/14/2020

Based on September 1 conditions, North Dakota's 2020 soybean crop is forecast at 214 million bushels, up 26% from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area for harvest, at 5.95 million acres, is up 10% from 2019. Average yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, up 4.5 bushels from last year.

Corn production is forecast at 345 million bushels, down 16% from last year's production. Area harvested for grain is estimated at 2.20 million acres, down 30% from 2019. Average yield is forecast at 157 bushels per acre, up 26 bushels from last year.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 5.99 million tons, up 36% from last year's crop. Area for harvest, at 211,000 acres, is up 24% from last year. Yield is forecast at 28.4 tons per acre, up 2.4 tons from last year.

Lentil production is forecast at 1.01 million cwt, down 4% from a year ago. Area for harvest, at 78,000 acres, is down 4% from 2019. Average yield is forecast at 1,300 pounds per acre, unchanged from last year.

Dry edible pea production is forecast at 6.08 million cwt, down 34% from last year. Area for harvest, at 320,000 acres, is down 22% from last year. Yield is forecast at 1,900 pounds per acre, down 360 pounds from 2019.

All Chickpeas production is forecast at 232,000 cwt, down 29% from a year ago. Area for harvest, at 13,300 acres, is down 30% from last year. Yield is forecast at 1,740 pounds per acre, up 30 pounds from 2019.

The forecasts in this report are based on conditions as of September 1. Any potential impacts from the below freezing temperatures that occurred after September 1 will be reflected in future reports.


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