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Published September 24, 2010, 04:09 PM

Expected big Kansas corn yields look to be average

TURON, Kan. — Kansas corn yields were expected to set records this year.

TURON, Kan. — Kansas corn yields were expected to set records this year.

But the Hutchinson News reports that triple-digit temperatures and little rain took a toll on yield potential.

The story is becoming clearer as the corn harvest begins to wrap up in much of central Kansas.

Jerald Kemmerer is the general manager at the Dodge City Coop, and he says farmers in his territory have harvested about 25 percent of the crop.

He expects yields to be down 20 percent from last year on dryland corn. On irrigated acres, he was predicting a drop of at least 10 to 20 percent.

Kemmerer noted one bright spot: the quality of the grain is good. The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service has rated corn as 59 percent good or excellent, with 13 percent poor or very poor and 28 percent fair.

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