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Kansas No Longer Leads Nation In Wheat Production

Associated Press - May 8, 2015 5:33 pm

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that it expects this year's wheat production to be 334.4 million bushels in Kansas. That is up from the 314.5 million bushels it had forecast just last month.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that it expects this year's wheat production to be 334.4 million bushels in Kansas. That is up from the 314.5 million bushels it had forecast just last month.

A new government ranking shows Kansas no longer leads the nation in wheat production after the drought-plagued 2014 crop.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that the state has dropped to second behind North Dakota in wheat production. Kansas farmers brought in just 246.4 million bushels of wheat during last year’s drought. The state grew 12.2 percent of the nation’s wheat that year.

The only farm commodity where Kansas still ranks first in production is sorghum for grain. The state grew 199.8 million bushels of sorghum last year, accounting for more than 46 percent of the nation’s crop.

Kansas has 28.5 million acres of cropland, the second highest acreage in the nation and 7.3 percent of the U.S. total.

Larry Elmquist

May 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Wheat production is slipping because too much fertilizer has been concentrated in the Kansas legislature in the past few years.

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