Kansas wheat crop forecast: down 27 percent from 2010

The Kansas wheat crop is forecast for 261.8 million bushels, as of May 1. That is down 27 percent from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

That would make it the lowest harvest since 1996.

The small harvest is a combination of farmers switching to other crops last fall and the drought taking a toll on yields. Yield per harvested acre is expected to average 34 bushels, down 11 bushels.

The USDA has declared 21 counties in western Kansas a disaster area because of the drought.