Agriculture

USDA estimate: Kansas to see 10 percent more wheat this year

Combines cut wheat near Viola last year. The USDA expects the state to produce about 10 percent more wheat this year.
Combines cut wheat near Viola last year. The USDA expects the state to produce about 10 percent more wheat this year. File photo

The first official estimate of the Kansas wheat harvest puts it at 352.6 million bushels, a 10 percent increase over last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that its May 1 estimate showed generally improved yields and production, particularly in western Kansas. South-central Kansas will see almost exactly the same amount this year as last, at about 77 million bushels of wheat.

The state will see increases in yield from 37 bushels per acre in 2015 to 43 bushels per acre in 2016.

The USDA forecast is less optimistic than the one made last week by members of the 2016 Wheat Tour, who projected 384.4 million bushels.

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