A new government forecast released today
estimates the Kansas wheat harvest will come in 60 percent higher
than last year's drought-stricken crop.
Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service now estimates the harvest
at 426-point-eight million bushels. Farmers will cut wheat from
nine-point-seven million -- or about one and a half million
more than a year ago.
If so, it will make this the largest acreage harvested since
Today's revision is based on June first conditions. It's ten
percent higher than the forecast issued just a month ago.
Meanwhile, the Kansas harvest is getting a slow start. Rain
yesterday put a damper on many areas where the wheat is ready to
Test weights have been good, running between 59 and 62 pounds