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Forecast: Fewer corn bushels to be harvested in Kansas

November 10, 2020 GMT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers are forecast to harvest 759 million bushels of corn this season, down 5% from last year’s production, the government said Tuesday.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service said in its monthly crop report that it expects fewer acres of corn will be harvested this year in Kansas. Anticipated average yields are slightly down. It estimated that 5.75 million acres of corn will be cut, down 4% from last year. Average yields are expected to come in at 132 bushels per acre.

The agency’s forecasts for some other major crops in the state are more optimistic.

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Sorghum production is projected at 237 million bushels, up 16% from last year. The state’s soybean harvest is forecast at 200 million bushels, up 7% compared to a year ago.

About 320,000 bales of cotton are also expected to be harvested in Kansas, up 14% from last year.