In its Aug. 1 forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects the Kansas corn crop to reach 544 million bushels, 7 percent above last year’s production, but only slightly above the five-year average.
Rain and cool temperatures have boosted predicted corn yields to 145 bushels per acre, up 18 bushels from last year. The area harvested for corn, at 3.75 million acres, is down 6 percent from a year ago.
Other USDA Aug. 1 Kansas crop forecasts:
Sorghum for grain in Kansas is forecast at 187 million bushels, up 13 percent from last year. The yield is forecast at 72 bushels per acre, up 13 bushels from last year, while the area harvested, at 2.6 million acres, is down 7 percent.
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Soybean production is forecast at 151 million bushels, up 18 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, unchanged from last year, while the area for harvest, at 4.19 million acres, is 18 percent above.
Cotton production is forecast at 60,000 bales, up 46 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 686 pounds per acre, down from 757 pounds per acre last year, with acres harvested at 42,000 acres, is up 16,000 acres from 2013.
Alfalfa hay production, at 2.04 million tons, is forecast to be 6 percent above last year, while other hay production, at 3.40 million tons, is forecast to be down 26 percent from a year ago.
Corn production in Kansas over the past five years (in million bushels):
2014: 544 (estimated)
2010: 598 (record)
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture