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Kansas corn and soybean crops forecast at record high

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Kansas corn production is forecast at a record high 518.4 million bushels, up 1 percent from August 1 and up 7 percent from last year's production of 486.4 million bushels. Planted acreage is 3.8 million acres, down 1 percent from a year ago. Acreage expected to be harvested for grain is 3.6 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but 30,000 acres less than last year.

Corn yields are expected to average 144 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from the August forecast and 10 bushels above last year's yield. Only 12 percent of the State's corn was mature as of August 30, compared to 14 percent for last year and the 5-year average of 29 percent. At that date, harvest had not yet begun. Condition of the crop was rated 67 percent good to excellent, 24 percent fair, and 9 percent poor to very poor.

Sorghum grain production is forecast at 221.4 million bushels, up 4 percent from August 1, and 3 percent higher than last year's production of 214.5 million bushels. Yields are expected to average 82 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from the August forecast, and 4 bushels higher than last year's yield. If realized, this would be a record high, surpassing the previous record of 80 bushels set in 1992 and 1998. Planted acreage is 2.9 million acres, unchanged from 2008. The acreage for grain harvest, at

2.7 million acres, is unchanged from the August forecast but 50,000 acres less than 2008. As of August 30, 26 percent of the sorghum acreage was turning color, compared to 38 percent last year and the 5-year average of 45 percent. Condition of the crop was 73 percent good to excellent, 21 percent fair, and 6 percent poor to very poor.

Soybean production is forecast at a record high 140.0 million bushels, up 5 percent from August 1, and 16 percent above last year's crop. Acreage for harvest is expected to total 3.5 million acres, unchanged from August 1 but up 8 percent from last year. Acres for harvest, if realized, will also be a record high. Yields are expected to average 40 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from August 1 and 3 bushels above 2008. Ninety-three percent of the soybeans were setting pods as of August 30, compared to 87 percent last year and the 5-year average of 90 percent. Condition was rated 77 percent good to excellent, 17 percent fair, and 6 percent poor to very poor.

Cotton production is forecast at 48,000 bales up 41 percent from last year. Yields are expected to be 720 pounds compared to 653 in 2008.



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