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Kansas Cotton, Soybean Forecasts at Record Levels
Kansas Ag Connection - 10/13/2017

Based on October 1 conditions, Kansas's 2017 corn production is forecast at 697 million bushels, down slightly from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 5.20 million acres, is up 6 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 134 bushels per acre, down 8 bushels from last year.

Sorghum for grain is forecast at 194 million bushels, down 28 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 2.36 million acres, is down 20 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 82 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from last year.

Soybean production is a record forecast at 209 million bushels, up 9 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.10 million acres, is 27 percent above 2016. Yield is forecast at 41 bushels per acre, down 7 bushels from last year.

Cotton production is a record forecast at 190,000 bales, up 168 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 91,000 acres, is up 60,000 acres from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,002 pounds per acre, down 97 pounds per acre from a year ago.

Canola production is forecast at 65.8 million pounds. Acreage for harvest is forecast at 47,000 acres, up 96 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 1,400 pounds per acre, down 540 pounds per acre from 2016.

All Sunflower production is forecast at 81.3 million pounds, down 2 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 61,000 acres, is up 3,000 from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,333 pounds per acre, down 92 pounds per acre from a year ago. Of the acres for harvest, non-oil sunflowers account for 13,000 acres and oil sunflowers account for 48,000 acres.

Alfalfa hay production, at 2.15 million tons, is down 29 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 650,000 acres, is down 7 percent from a year ago. Yield of 3.30 tons per acre, is down 1.0 ton from 2016. All Other Hay production, at 2.96 million tons, is down 8 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 1.85 million acres, is down 3 percent from a year ago. Yield of 1.60 tons per acre, is down 0.1 ton from 2016.

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