The impact of the drought continues to be felt as the USDA again downgraded estimates for this year’s Kansas corn crop. The latest estimate is forecast at 430.0 million bushels, down 5 percent from October’s forecast and down 26 percent from last year. That would make it the smallest crop since 2006.
The forecast yield is 100 bushels per acre, down 25 bushels from last year and the lowest yield since 1983, and total acreage harvested at 8.3 million acres, down 8 percent from last year.
The grain sorghum production is forecast to be 129.3 million bushels, down 24 percent from last year, making it the lowest level since 1983. Soybean production is forecast at 102.6 million bushels, down 26 percent from last year. Cotton production is forecast at 83,000 bales, up 1 percent from 2010, even though the yield of 595 pounds per acre was way down from last year’s record 787-pound-per-acre yield.