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S.D. Farmers Eye Record Sorghum, Dry Edible Pea Production
South Dakota Ag Connection - 09/14/2020

Based on September 1 conditions, South Dakota's 2020 corn crop is forecast at a record 827 million bushels, up 48% from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 4.92 million acres, up 27% from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 168 bushels per acre, a record high if realized, and up 24 bushels from last year.

Soybean production is forecast at 247 million bushels, up 69% from last year. Acres for harvest, at 5.15 million acres, is up 50% from 2019. Yield is forecast at 48 bushels per acre, up 5.5 bushels from last year.

Sorghum production is forecast at 10.3 million bushels, down 26% from last year. Area for harvest, at 120,000 acres, is down 31% from 2019. Yield is forecast at a record high 86 bushels per acre if realized, up 6 bushels from last year.

Dry edible pea production is forecast at 551,000 cwt, up 67% from a year ago, and a record high if realized. Area for harvest, at 29,000 acres, is up 93% from 2019. Yield is forecast at 1,900 pounds per acre, down 300 pounds from last year.

The forecasts in this report are based on conditions as of September 1. Any potential impacts from the below freezing temperatures that occurred after September 1 will be reflected in future reports.

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