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USDA releases harvest numbers

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The latest projections show that Wisconsin farmers will harvest about 13% less corn than they did a year ago and almost 18% fewer soybeans.

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According to the USDA's latest revised estimates, Wisconsin is expected to produce 448.5 million bushels of corn for the year. That's down from about 518 million bushels in 2011.

The state's average corn yields per bushel are expected to remain above the national average. A yield of 130 bushels is projected per acre, up from the national estimate of almost 123 bushels.

Soybeans yields are expected to be slightly higher than the national norm. Nationally, the USDA says its latest crop estimates reflect the widespread impact of the drought - and the figures are well below the government's original expectations for the year. A new set of estimates are due out in about a month.

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