Kansas is still the country's top producer of wheat

Posted: Updated:
Photo: Edward Ledwich Photo: Edward Ledwich

Agriculture officials say Kansas surpassed every other state in winter wheat harvested and sold last year. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday released a graphic showing the states with most winter wheat sold in 2018. Kansas was the year's top producer with nearly $1.4 billion worth of the crop sold.

Washington was a distant second with about $6.8 million. Oklahoma, Colorado and Nebraska made the top 10. 

According to the USDA, the country produced close to $6 billion worth of winter wheat last year. 

The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that Kansas will harvest 330 million bushels of wheat this season.  Its forecast anticipated that the crop will be 19% larger than it was a year ago even though farmers are harvesting fewer acres this year.

Kansas growers are expected to harvest wheat from 6.6 million acres, down 10% from a year ago. The larger crop is expected because average yields in the state are estimated to run about 50 bushels per acre, up 12 bushels per acre compared to last year.

The Associated Press and KSAL contributed to this report.