Minnesota farmers produce record beet crop

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota farmers produced slightly smaller corn and soybean crops last year than in 2016, but they produced a record sugar beet crop.

The Agriculture Department reports Minnesota’s sugar beet crop at 12.5 million tons, up slightly from the record set in 2016.

Farmers harvested fewer acres but had a record average yield.

Soybean production in the state was down 2 percent, and grain corn production was down 4 percent.

Alfalfa hay and other hay production also was down, along with sunflowers and corn for silage.