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.