Minnesota Crop Projections Slip

Minnesota Crop Projections Slip

Minnesota farmers are still expected to harvest more corn than last year, but not quite as much as the government forecast a month ago.

Updated estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday project Minnesota's corn crop at 1.33 billion bushels. That's up 2 percent from last year but down 2 percent from the USDA's September forecast. Yields are expected to average 170 bushels per acre, up 10 from 2013 but unchanged from last month's forecast.

Minnesota soybean production is forecast at 305 million bushels, up 10 percent from last year but 2 percent below the September forecast. The soybean yield forecast is unchanged at 42 bushels per acre.

The projections are based on conditions as of Oct. 1 and don't reflect frost and other weather effects since then.

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