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Kansas corn harvest forecast down 19 percent from last year

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Sep. 12, 2011, at 9:23 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting that the Kansas corn harvest will be down 19 percent from last year, at 472.5 million bushels, and down 5 percent from the August forecast.

That would make 2011 the smallest Kansas corn crop since 2006.

Corn yield is forecast to average 105 bushels per acre, down five bushels from the August forecast and 20 bushels less than the 2010 yield. If realized, this would be the lowest Kansas corn yield since 1983.

Planted acreage is 5.1 million, up from 4.85 million a year ago. This is the highest planted acreage since 1936. Acreage forecast to be harvested for grain is 4.5 million, down 3 percent from 4.65 million acres last year.

* Kansas sorghum for grain production is forecast at 123.8 million bushels, unchanged from August 1, but 28 percent lower than 171million bushels in 2010.

* Soybean production is at 104million bushels, up 4 percent from the August forecast but down 25 percent from last year, and the lowest production since 2007.

* Cotton production is forecast at 83,000 bales, up 20,000 bales from the August forecast and 1,000 higher than last year.

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