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Iowa's 2011 corn harvest up 9 percent from 2010

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Federal officials say Iowa's 2011 corn harvest for grain production hit 2.36 billion bushels, which is 9 percent higher than the 2010 crop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that according to year-end surveys, the average yield corn yield was 172 bushels an acre, up 7 from last year.

Corn planted for all purposes in 2011 was 14.1 million acres in Iowa -- 5 percent more than planted in 2010.

Soybean production dropped to 466 million bushels in 2011, which is 6 percent under the 2010 harvest. The yield averaged 50.5 bushels an acre -- a half bushel under the 2010 figure.

The USDA says 9.23 million acres of soybeans was harvested -- 5 percent less than in 2010.

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