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Kansas corn, grain sorghum, soybean harvest estimates falling After drought, corn yields fall to lowest level since 1983.

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 7:31 a.m.

Kansas’s 2012 corn harvest is now projected at 379.2 million bushels, down slightly from earlier estimates and down 16 percent from the 2011 crop, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It was the lowest Kansas corn harvest since 2006.

The drought cut corn yields to an average of 96 bushels per acre, the lowest since 1983.

The area harvested for corn silage totaled 450,000 acres, up from 350,000 acres in 2011 and the highest acreage since 1956.

Production of grain sorghum totaled 81.9 million bushels, down slightly from the November forecast and 26 percent less than 2011, making it the lowest harvest since 1956.

The yield was 39 bushels per acre, 16 bushels less than 2011, and the lowest since 1964.

The soybean harvest totaled 83.8 million bushels, down 17 percent from 2011’s production. That was the lowest production since 2003.

Farmers grew 4.34 million tons of all types of hay, down 2 percent from the previous forecast and 1 percent from 2011.

The only good news for crop farmers came in the spring when wheat production produced 382.2 million bushels, up 38 percent from 2011, the biggest crop since 2003.

Yield was estimated at 42 bushels per acre, seven bushels above 2011’s drought-stricken crop.

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