WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas growers have planted far less corn this spring while also planting the second highest soybean acreage on record.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that soybean plantings in the state are estimated at 4.25 million acres. That is an 18 percent jump from just a year ago.
Corn growers planted 4.1 million acres this season, down 5 percent from last year.
Also down is the acreage seeded in sorghum at 2.8 million acres in Kansas. That is a drop of 10 percent from a year ago.
Winter wheat seeded in the fall of 2013 totaled 9.3 million acres, down 2 percent. But drought has taken its toll, with the latest forecast showing just 8.4 million acres of wheat expected to be harvested.
Seventy-six percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent condition, compared with 63 percent last year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its annual Acreage Report released Monday that farmers planted 91.6 million acres of corn. That’s 4 percent less than last year but still the fifth-largest corn crop planted since 1944. Analysts expected some farmers to devote more acreage to soybeans because of a drop in corn prices.
The USDA says farmers planted a record high 84.8 million acres of soybeans, up 11 percent from last year. Record soybean acres have been planted in Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
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