shutterstock_291096281Timely planting and near-perfect growing conditions increased expectations for bumper U.S. corn and soybean crops in major production states, leading the U.S. Agriculture Department to raise its already record harvest forecast. In Iowa, the top corn production state and the second biggest for soybeans, USDA raised the average soybean yield to 59 bushels per acre from 58. The Iowa corn yield view also was raised by 1 bushel per acre to 199.

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