Logout|My Dashboard

Kansas wheat crop falls short of last year’s - Kearney Hub: National

Kansas wheat crop falls short of last year’s

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size
  • Lester Reimer harvests wheat

    Lester Reimer harvests wheat on his farm near Lebo, Kan. Kansas farmers took in an estimated 328 million bushels of winter wheat this season.

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013 10:00 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers took in an estimated 328 million bushels of winter wheat this season, with losses from abandoned fields in drought-plagued western counties being offset by abundant crops elsewhere. But the report released Monday showed the harvest still fell short of last year’s.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service’s estimate of the 2013 harvest is down 14 percent from last year’s crop, based on an average yield of 40 bushels of per acre cut from the state’s 8.2 million acres.

Farmers in northwest Kansas suffered the biggest production declines, bringing in just 44 percent of the bushels they had a year ago. Fields in west-central Kansas fared only slightly better with 53 percent, while the southwest had 55 percent of last year’s harvest.

The state’s biggest wheat production area, south-central Kansas, hauled in about 95 percent of what they did in 2012.

The agency’s latest snapshot is based on crop conditions on Aug. 1 amid recurring bouts of heavy rainfall across much of the state. By that time, the winter wheat crop had been already cut, although the recent moisture has brightened the outlook for crops to be harvested in autumn.

The government’s updated forecast also estimates Kansas farmers will harvest 487 million bushels of corn, up 28 percent from last year. That is based on an average yield of 116 bushels of corn per acre cut from 4.2 million acres.

A predicted harvest of 169 million bushels of sorghum is more than double that of a year ago, while soybean production is up 58 percent from a year ago at an anticipated 133 million bushels.

The forecasts for other Kansas crops:

- Cotton production is forecast at 40,000 bales, down 43 percent from last year. Yield is anticipated to be 662 pounds per acre harvested from 29,000 acres.

- Oat production is estimated to be 1.05 million bushels.

- Alfalfa hay production is down 1 percent from last year, although all other hay production is up 58 percent.

More about

More about

More about

Commenting Rules of Conduct

Any views or opinions presented below are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Kearney Hub. We reserve the right to remove comments and or (if necessary) ban users that repeatedly fail to abide by the following rules. PLEASE NOTE: All discussions are closed automatically after 7 days.

  • Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • Disagree respectfully and stay on topic.
  • Don't threaten or abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • Be truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • Absolutely no personal attacks or slander toward others
  • Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • Advertising is not free. Do not use comments as a means to promote your website or business.
  • Be proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • Share with us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Repeated offenses against the
'Commenting Rules of Conduct' will not be tolerated:

Users will receive one warning.
Any offense thereafter will result in a ban.