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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Crop production in South Dakota last year was up significantly over the previous year and includes record amounts of corn and soybeans.

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South Dakota’s total 2013 corn production is estimated at nearly 809 million bushels, up 51 percent over the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

That tops the old record, set in 2009 when the state’s farmers harvested nearly 707 million bushels of corn, according to the NASS.

The average yield was an estimated 138 bushels per acre, up 37 bushels from the previous year, but shy of the record, also set in 2009 at 151 bushels per acre.

Total harvested acres were also up more than 5 million over 2012.

A record 13.9 billion bushels of corn is estimated to have been harvested nationwide, up 29 percent from 2012.

South Dakota soybean production last year is estimated at more than 183 million bushels, up 27 percent from 2012. That beats the old record set in 2009 when nearly 176 million bushels of soybeans were harvested in the state, according to the NASS.

An estimated 3.29 billion bushels of soybeans were harvested nationwide, up 8 percent from 2012.

Meanwhile, alfalfa hay production in South Dakota of nearly 3.8 million tons was up 46 percent.

— The Daily Republic’s Chris Mueller contributed to this report.