Production forecast mostly upbeat for fall crops in Kansas

Corn Harvest (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The latest government forecast for fall crops in Kansas is mostly upbeat in its production estimates.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that it anticipates the state will harvest 566 million bushels of corn this year. That is down just slightly from a year ago.

The agency anticipates 3.85 million acres of corn will be cut in the state this year, with average yields forecast at 147 bushels per acre.

Sorghum production is forecast at 258 million bushels, up 29 percent from last year. Kansas farmers are cutting 3.15 million acres of sorghum with forecast average yields of 82 bushels per acre.

Soybean production is expected to be up 3 percent to 144 million bushels.

Updated estimates are based on crop conditions as of Oct. 1.

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