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2013 Corn Crop Production Expected to Set Records
According to the Michigan Ag Connection, Michigan's crop yields are expected to hit record numbers this year for corn. The average corn yield is expected to be a record 156 bushels per acre, in comparison to a yield of 133 bushels in 2012, and the previous record of 153 bushels set in 2011. Harvested acres are 2.34 million acres, down slightly from the 2012 acreage of 2.39 million.
Soybean and sugar beet projections show a slight decrease from 2012. A yield of 44 bushels per acre is expected for soybeans, which is one bushel lower than last year. A total of 1.89 million acres of soybeans are to be harvested, a decrease from 1.99 million in 2012. For sugar beets, a decrease of four tons is expected from 2012, to 25 tons per acre. Harvested acres dropped from 153,000 acres in 2012 to 150,000 acres in 2013.