WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A government report forecasts a bountiful Kansas winter wheat harvest.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that this year’s wheat crop is expected to be up 17 percent from a year ago. It predicted Kansas growers would bring in 323 million bushels.
The agency forecast the state’s average yield at 49 bushels per acre, up 11 bushels from last year.
It also anticipated that grain would be harvested from 6.6 million acres in Kansas, down 700,000 acres from a year ago.
The government’s estimate is a bit more optimistic than the one put out by participants in last week’s winter wheat tour who estimated the size of the Kansas crop at 306.5 million bushels.