The drought sharply cut the Kansas fall harvest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Forecasts for the main crops are:
• Corn, which has already been harvested, is forecast at 382.2 million bushels, 15 percent less than the 2011 crop, making it the smallest Kansas corn crop since 2006. The corn yield is forecast at 91 bushels per acre, 16 bushels below last year and the lowest yield since 1975.
• Grain sorghum, largely harvested, is forecast at 84 million bushels, 24 percent below last year and the smallest sorghum crop since 1956. The yield is expected to average 40 bushels per acre, 15 bushels lower than last year’s yield and the lowest since 1974.
• Soybeans, also largely harvested, are forecast at 86.3 million bushels, down 15 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 23 bushels per acre, down four bushels from last year’s yield, making it the lowest since 2003.
• Cotton production is forecast at 45,000 bales, down 35 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is forecast at 52,000, down 13,000 acres from 2011. Yield is forecast at 415 pounds per acre, down from 510 pounds per acre in 2011.