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SD soybean and corn harvests expected to hit record highs

Corn is shown in a field in this Daily Republic file photo. (Daily Republic file photo)

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has predicted that South Dakota's corn and soybean crops this year will be higher than ever before.

Although the state's total acreage for harvesting soybeans is only one percent larger than it was last year, the soybean harvest is expected to total a record high of 277 bushels, which is 15 percent more than in 2017, according to a USDA press release from Wednesday.

Based on conditions on Sept. 1, it was predicted that this year's corn crop will hit a record 839 million bushels, 14 percent more than last year.

Although not expected to beat any records, predicted sorghum production, at 17.2 million bushels, is also up considerably over the previous year, with a 49 percent estimated increase.

Dry edible pea production, however, with 43 percent fewer acres to harvest, is expected to be down nine percent from 2017.