ND corn, sugar beet crops down, but soybeans up

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota corn and sugar beet production is expected to be down slightly this year, while the soybean crop is forecast to be up just a bit.
The federal Agriculture Department’s latest estimates put the state’s sugar beet crop at 6.43 million tons, down just slightly from last year, and the corn crop at 426 million bushels, down 5 percent. The soybean crop is projected to be 247 million bushels, up 1 percent.
Sunflower production is pegged at down 3 percent and the dry bean crop down 11 percent, while canola production is projected to be up 19 percent to a record 3 billion pounds.
Alfalfa hay production is forecast at up 43 percent from last year’s drought-plagued season, with other hay production up 33 percent.