Update from USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Kansas Corn Crop Shows Positive Progress
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service crop condition report along with their September 2018 crop production report, showed positive statistics for the Kansas corn crop.
According to the NASS production report, based on September 1 conditions, Kansas’s 2018 corn production is forecast at 668 million bushels, down 3 percent from last year’s production, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 5.10 million acres, is down 2 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 131 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel per acre from last year.
Corn condition rated 11 percent very poor, 17 poor, 26 fair, 36 good, and 10 excellent. Corn dented was 89 percent, ahead of 83 last year and 82 average. Mature was 49 percent, ahead of 43 last year and 35 average. Harvested was 9 percent, equal to last year, and near 8 average.
On the national scale, corn production is forecast at 14.8 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the August forecast and up 2 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 181.3 bushels per acre, up 2.9 bushels from the August forecast and up 4.7 bushels from 2017. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.8 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast, but down 1 percent from 2017.