Federal agriculture officials say North Dakota's soybean crop is poised to reach a record level.
The National Agriculture Statistics Service says soybeans are forecast to reach 196 million bushels, based on Sept. 1 conditions. That's up 42 percent from last year.
The service says a record 5.95 million acres of soybeans should be harvested, an increase of 29 percent over a year ago. Average yield is predicted to be 33 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from 2013.