Kansas growers plant more sorghum, fewer soybean acres

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A government report shows Kansas farmers have planted a lot more sorghum this year, and put soybeans on fewer acres compared to a year ago. The number of corn acres in the state is unchanged.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Tuesday corn growers in the state planted 4.05 million acres this year, using biotechnology varieties on 95 percent of the area planted.

Sorghum acreage in Kansas was estimated at 3.3 million acres for a 16 percent increase over last year.

Meanwhile, soybean plantings were down 8 percent to 3.7 million acres.

The agency says Kansas farmers seeded 9.4 million acres last fall into winter wheat, and are now harvesting an estimated 8.8 million acres.

Kansas growers also planted more sunflowers and hay than a year ago.

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