Fall 2013 crops rebound from drought

01/11/2014 7:43 AM

08/08/2014 10:21 AM

The easing of the drought last year generally meant a strong rebound in fall crop production for Kansas compared to 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Year-end totals are:

• Corn for grain was 508 million bushels, up 34 percent from 2012.

There were 4 million acres of corn harvested, up 1 percent; yield was 127 bushels per acre, up 31 bushels from 2012.

• Soybeans were at 127 million bushels, up 49 percent from 2012.

Area harvested was at 3.54 million acres, down 7 percent from 2012; yield, at 36.0 bushels per acre, was up 13.5 bushels from a year earlier.

• Sorghum was 165 million bushels, more than double last year’s production.

Area harvested was 2.8 million acres, up 33 percent from a year ago; yield at 59 bushels per acre, was up 20 bushels from a year earlier.

• Total forage production from alfalfa and other hay was 6.66 million tons in 2013, up 46 percent from a year earlier.
• Alfalfa, at 1.93 million tons, was up 6 percent from a year earlier.

The average yield, at 3.5 tons per acre, was up 0.70 ton per acre from last year. The area harvested for dry hay was 550,000 acres, down 15 percent from 2012, while seedings of alfalfa during 2013 totaled 65,000 acres, down 19 percent from the year earlier.

• Oil sunflower production in 2013 was 58.0 million pounds, down 1 percent from last year.

Area harvested, at 50,000 acres, was down 23 percent from 2012; while yield, at 1,160 pounds per acre, was up 260 pounds from a year earlier.

• Non-oil sunflower production of 24.0 million pounds was down 12 percent from last year.

Area harvested, at 15,000 acres, was down 6 percent from 2012. Yield, at 1,600 pounds per acre, was down 100 pounds from a year earlier.

• Dry edible bean production of 86,000 hundredweight was down 46 percent from a year ago.

Area harvested, at 4,800 acres, was down 36 percent from 2012; yield, at 1,790 pounds per acre, was down 320 pounds from a year earlier.

• Cotton production of 39,000 bales was down 44 percent from last year.

Area harvested, at 26,000 acres, was down 52 percent; yield, at 720 pounds per acre, was up 98 pounds from a year earlier.

• Potato production was 1.51 million hundredweight, down 17 percent from 2012.

Area harvested, at 4,300 acres, was down 900 acres from 2012; yield, at 350 hundredweight per acre, was unchanged from a year earlier.

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