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USDA forecasts increase in corn, soybean production in South Dakota


South Dakota farmers are on pace to see a solid increase in both corn and soybean yields, while sorghum producers may see a record crop.

The latest USDA crop production report shows most of the state's major crops are expected to increase in both total yield and bushels-per-acre.

Statewide corn production is forecast to hit 822 million bushels, up 24% from last year. Total area to be harvested is 5.59 million acres, up 12% from 2022.

Soybean production is set to increase 13% to 217 million bushels. Harvest area is down slightly at just over five million acres.

The boost in production of both major crops is largely aided by increased efficiency. Corn's bushel-per-acre yield is expected to be up 11%, while soybean's yield is forecast to increase 13%.

But the biggest winner from the report is sorghum. The USDA forecasts sorghum production to surpass 23 million bushels. That’s nearly double from last year, and would be a record high for the state. The expected yield of 91 bushels-per-acre would also be a record.

The only major crop forecast to see a decline is sunflower. Production is expected to end up at 789 million pounds, down 27% from last year.

Josh Chilson is the news director at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. A Florence, S.D. native, Josh graduated with a journalism degree from South Dakota State University. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and videographer, and most recently as managing editor for Dakota News Now. Josh is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls studio.