Minnesota farmers produced slightly smaller corn and soybean crops last year than in 2016 but produced a record sugar beet crop.
The Agriculture Department reports Minnesota’s sugar beet crop at 12.5 million tons, up slightly from the previous record 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 was down, along with sunflowers and corn for silage.