Agriculture

USDA says Kansas farmers see higher yields for fall crops

The state corn harvest will total 581 million bushels, 14 percent above last year’s production, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent estimate.

The area to be harvested for corn, 3.7 million acres, is down 8 percent from a year ago, while the yield is forecast at a record 157 bushels per acre, up 30 bushels per acre from last year.

The state’s corn crop is more than 90 percent harvested, according to the USDA.

Soybean production is forecast at 148 million bushels, up 13 percent from last year. The area for harvest, at 3.99 million acres, is 13 percent above 2013. The yield is forecast at 37 bushels per acre, the same as last year.

The state’s soybean harvest is about 80 percent complete.

Grain sorghum is forecast at 188 million bushels, up 14 percent from last year. The area for harvest, at 2.65 million acres, is down 5 percent last year. The yield is forecast at 71 bushels per acre, up 12 bushels from last year.

The state’s grain sorghum crop is about two thirds harvested.

Cotton production is forecast at 52,000 bales, up 27 percent from last year. The amount of acres harvested, at 29,000 acres, is up 3,000 from 2013. The yield is forecast at a record high 861 pounds per acre, up 104 pounds per acre from a year ago.

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