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Kansas Harvest Results Up and Down During 2020
Kansas Ag Connection - 01/13/2021

Corn for grain production in Kansas based on year-end surveys is estimated at 766 million bushels, down 4% from 2019, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Yield of 134 bushels per acre is up 1 bushel from last year. Area harvested, at 5.72 million acres of corn for grain, is down 5% from 2019. Corn for silage production, at 4.88 million tons, is up 11% from last year. Silage yield of 19.5 tons per acre is up 2.0 tons from last year. Producers harvested 250,000 acres of corn for silage, unchanged from last year. Corn area planted for all purposes, at 6.10 million acres, is down 5% from last year.

Sorghum for grain production in 2020 is estimated at 238 million bushels, up 17% from 2019. Yield, at 85.0 bushels per acre, is unchanged from a year earlier. Area harvested for grain, at 2.80 million acres, is up 17% from 2019. Sorghum for silage production, at 0.90 million tons, is down 14% from last year. Silage yield, at 15.0 tons per acre, is up 4.0 tons from last year. Area harvested for silage, at 60,000 acres, is down 35,000 acres from last year. Sorghum area planted for all purposes, at 3.00 million acres, is up 15% from last year.

Soybean production for 2020 totaled 190 million bushels, up 2% from 2019. Yield, at 40.5 bushels per acre, is down 1.0 bushel from a year earlier. Area for harvest, at 4.70 million acres, is up 5% from 2019. Soybean area planted, at 4.75 million acres, is up 4% from last year.

Alfalfa hay production, at 2.00 million tons, is down 21% from a year earlier. The average yield, at 3.70 tons per acre, is down 0.30 ton per acre from 2019. Area harvested, at 540,000 acres, is down 14% from 2019. Alfalfa for haylage and greenchop production, at 80,000 tons, is down 57% from last year. Average yield at 5.30 tons per acre, is down 2.20 tons from last year. Area harvested, at 15,000 acres, is down 10,000 from last year. Seedings of alfalfa during 2020 totaled 85,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from the year earlier.

All other hay production, at 3.90 million tons, is up 3% from last year. The average yield, at 1.90 tons per acre, is down 0.40 ton per acre from last year. Area harvested at 2.05 million acres, is up 24% from 2019. All other haylage and greenchop production, at 585,000 tons, is up 3% from last year. Average yield, at 6.50 tons per acre, is down 3.00 tons from last year. Area harvested, at 90,000 acres, is up 30,000 acres from last year.

Oil sunflower production in 2020 is 76.4 million pounds, up 56% from last year. Yield, at 1,470 pounds per acre, is up 70 pounds from a year earlier. Area harvested, at 52,000 acres, is up 49% from 2019. Area planted, at 54,000 acres, is up 17,000 acres from last year. Non-oil sunflower production of 26.1 million pounds is up 186% from last year. Yield, at 1,450 pounds per acre, is up 200 pounds from a year earlier. Area harvested, at 18,000 acres, is up 10,700 acres from 2019. Area planted, at 19,000 acres, is up 11,000 acres from last year.

Canola production of 5.37 million pounds is down 74% from last year. Yield of 1,790 pounds per acre is up 700 pounds from a year earlier. Area harvested, at 3,000 acres, is down 16,000 acres from 2019. Area planted, at 5,000 acres, is down 24,000 acres from last year.

Cotton production of 320,000 bales is up 14% from last year. Yield of 826 pounds per acre is down 64 pounds from a year earlier. Area harvested, at 186,000 acres, is up 35,000 acres from 2019. Area planted, at 195,000 acres, is up 20,000 acres from last year.


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