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Forecast: Kansas Farmers Set to Harvest Record Corn Crop

Corn crop, south of Wamego, Kansas, 2019  (Photo by J. Schafer)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new report forecasts that Kansas farmers will harvest a record 816 million bushels of corn this year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that the anticipated corn production, if realized, would be up 27% from a year ago. Kansas growers are expected to cut corn off 6 million acres, up 20% from last year. Average yields at 136 bushels per acre are also higher by 7 bushels from a year ago. Production of other major fall crops in the state is expected to be down this season. The anticipated sorghum harvest of 197 million bushels is down 16% compared to last year. The projected soybean production fell 2% from a year ago to 200 million bushels. Forecasts are based on crop conditions as of September 1.

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