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from staff reports

WASHINGTON — U.S. farmers are expected to produce the largest corn crop in history in 2007, according to the Crop Production report released Sept. 12.

In Minnesota, corn production is forecast at 1.21 billion bushels, up 1 percent from last month and 10 percent from 2006, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Yield is forecast at 158 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last month, but down from last year’s yield of 161 bushels per acre.

Iowa corn growers are expected to harvest 13.95 million acres of corn with an average yield of 182 bushels per acre, up from 166 last year. Production is estimated at 2.5 billion bushels, up from 2.0 billion last year.

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Iowa soybean production is estimated at 447 million, down from 510 million last year. Yields are projected to be up slightly, to 51 bushels per acre, from 50.5 last year. Acreage harvested is 8.7 million, down from 10.1 million a year ago.

Minnesota soybean production is forecast at 260 million bushels, up 5 percent from last month, but down 18 percent from last year’s record high production. Soybean yield is forecast at 42 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last month, but down 2 bushels from 2006. Soybean area harvested is estimated at 6.2 million acres, down 15 percent from a year ago.

Nationwide, corn production is forecast at 13.3 billion bushels, up 2 percent from last month and 26 percent from 2006. Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, yields are expected to average 155.8 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from August and 6.7 bushels from last year.

If realized, this would be the second highest yield on record, behind the 160.4 bushel yield in 2004.

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