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Kansas Cotton, Potato and Soybean Forecasts Up from 2016
Kansas Ag Connection - 08/11/2017

Based on August 1 conditions, Kansas's 2017 corn production is forecast at 665 million bushels, 5 percent below last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 5.00 million acres, is up 2 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 133 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from last year.

Sorghum for grain production in Kansas is forecast at 194 million bushels, down 28 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 2.45 million acres, is down 17 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 79 bushels per acre, down 12 bushels from last year.

Kansas's soybean production is forecast at a record high of 193 million bushels, up slightly from last year. Area for harvest, at 4.70 million acres, is 17 percent above 2016. Yield is forecast at 41 bushels per acre, down 7 bushels from last year.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 324 million bushels, down 31 percent from last year's crop. Area for grain, at 6.90 million acres, is down 16 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 47 bushels per acre, 10 bushels below last year.

Cotton production is forecast at 110,000 bales, up 55 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 55,000 acres, is up 24,000 acres from 2016. Yield is forecasted at 960 pounds per acre, down 139 pounds from last year.

Oat production is forecast to be 1.16 million bushels, down 32 percent from last year. Harvested area for grain of 20,000 acres is down 10,000 acres from a year earlier. Yield per acre, at 58 bushels, is up 1 bushel from a year ago.

Potato production of 1.33 million cwt is up 6 percent from last year. Yield of 350 cwt per acre is 50 cwt above 2016.

Alfalfa hay production of 2.60 million tons is forecast to be 14 percent below last year. Expected yield, at 4.00 tons per acre, is down 0.30 ton from last year. All other hay production of 3.15 million tons is forecast to be down 3 percent from a year ago. Expected yield, at 1.70 tons per acre, is unchanged from last year.

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