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Kansas Oat Production Forecast More Than Doubles
Kansas Ag Connection - 08/13/2014

Based on August 1 conditions, Kansas's 2014 corn crop is forecast at 544 million bushels, 7 percent above last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 3.75 million acres, is down 6 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 145 bushels per acre, up 18 bushels from last year.

Sorghum for grain in Kansas is forecast at 187 million bushels, up 13 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 2.6 million acres, is down 7 percent from 2013. Yield is forecast at 72 bushels per acre, up 13 bushels from last year.

Kansas's soybean production is forecast at 151 million bushels, up 18 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 4.19 million acres is 18 percent above 2013. Yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, unchanged from last year.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 235 million bushels, down 26 percent from last year's crop and lowest in 25 years (1989). Area for grain, at 8.4 million acres, is unchanged from last year. Yield is forecast at 28 bushels per acre, 10 bushels below last year and lowest since 1995.

Cotton production is forecast at 60,000 bales, up 46 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 42,000 acres, is up 16,000 acres from 2013. Yield is forecast at 686 pounds per acre, down from 757 pounds per acre last year.

Oat production is forecast to be 1.80 million bushels, more than double last year. Harvested area for grain of 30,000 acres is up 50 percent from a year earlier. Yield per acre, at 60 bushels, is up 18 bushels from a last ago.

Dry edible bean production of 130,000 hundredweight is up 51 percent from last year. Yield of 2,000 pounds per acre is 210 pounds above 2013.

Potato production of 1.32 million hundredweight is down 12 percent from a year ago. Yield of 315 hundredweight per acre is down 35 hundredweight from last year.

Alfalfa hay production of 2.04 million tons is forecast to be 6 percent above last year. All other hay production of 3.40 million tons is forecast to be down 26 percent from a year ago.

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