Kansas Corn And Soybean Planted Acres Up, Sorghum And Sunflowers Down

A new government report shows Kansas growers planted more of their fields this growing season to corn and soybeans. While fewer acres were planted to sorghum and sunflowers.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Thursday that Kansas farmers planted 4.8 million acres in corn, an increase of 16 percent compared to a year ago. About 95 percent were biotechnology varieties.

Also up in the state are soybean acres. The agency said Kansas had 4.15 million acres seeded in soybeans, an increase of 6 percent compared to last year.

Plantings this spring of sorghum are down 7 percent to 3.15 million acres.

Sunflower plantings plummeted 35 percent, down to 55,000 acres.

Kansas farmers are now harvesting the 8.5 million acres of winter wheat seeded last fall.

 

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Now in his third year as News Director at KD-Country 94 and Z-96.3 The Lake, Chad is a jack of not all, but many trades. He spent previous years of his working life in hotel management, event planning, security, the aviation industry, staff writing for a newspaper, and as a small business owner. He began doing play-by-play of high school sports for KDNS and KZDY in 2009 and came to work full time for the stations in July of 2015. He is the father of an eight year old daughter who enjoys spending his free time with her, his very significant other and her children. His favorite activities include attending live music and sporting events as well as being a singer/songwriter. A natural conversationalist, he also enjoys a good discussion/debate on a myriad of topics from current events and politics to sports and philosophy. He resides in Beloit with his daughter and continues to write sports and meeting stories for the local newspaper.