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Published September 15, 2010, 11:53 AM

Kansas corn likely to set record, though slightly less

HAYS, Kan. — This year’s Kansas corn harvest is expected to set a state record, but forecasters say it will be a bit smaller than originally expected.

HAYS, Kan. — This year’s Kansas corn harvest is expected to set a state record, but forecasters say it will be a bit smaller than originally expected.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics says harvest forecasts issued Friday put the size of the state’s corn crop at 607.2 million bushels.

That’s only slightly lower than last month’s estimate, but would be a new state record, beating out last year’s record.

The Hays Daily News reports that much of the improvement will come from northwest Kansas, where corn production is up this year compared to a year ago. Yields might be down slightly, but more acres will be harvested, making for a bigger crop.

Forecasters also say grain sorghum production will be down compared to estimates a month ago and sharply lower than last year’s production.

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