Washington, DC  (Minnesota News Network) -   The US Department of Agriculture has lowered this year's estimate of the Minnesota corn harvest. But the forecast is still larger than a year ago.

The USDA now projects a statewide corn harvest of 1.4  billion bushels, 240 million more than in 2014. Average yields in Minnesota are projected to be 183 bushels an acre, which is one fewer than last month's forecast but 27 higher than the previous year.

The USDA says about 200,000 more acres of corn will be harvested throughout the Gopher State, for a total of 7.75 million acres.

A large increase in Minnesota soybeans is also projected. The total harvest estimate is now 358 million bushels, 53 million more than in 2014.

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