Kansas Wheat Blog
McPherson, Sheridan Counties are Leading Wheat ProducersPosted Feb 23, 2010 at 09:47am by Bill Spiegel
The official numbers have been released by Kansas Agricultural Statistics, and they back up what we have thought all along: the 2009 Kansas Wheat Crop totaled 369.6 million bushels - a 4% increase from the 2008 wheat crop and the highest total since 2005. A total of 9.3 million acre were planted to wheat in Fall, 2009 and 8.8 million acres were harvested. Both figures are lower than historical averages. The yield - 42 bushels per acre - is two bushels per acre better than the 2008 crop.
McPherson County farmers produced the most wheat in the state, with 10.1 million bushels. Sumner County was the second leading producer, with 9.3 million bushels, followed by Sherman (9.0 million bushels); Finney (8.6 million bushels) and Thomas (8.0 million bushels).
Sheridan County had the highest average yield with 59 bushels per acre, followed by Decatur (57 bpa); Sherman (53 bpa); Clay (52 bpa) and Washington and Finney (51 bpa each). Graham and Edwards counties tied for the highest average irrigated yield, at 61 bushels per acre.
Sumner County led the state with 342,000 total harvested acres. Harper County was second with 223,500, followed by Reno (214,500); McPherson (205,500) and Kingman (186,000). Finney County had the largest number of irrigated harvested acres, with 53,800. Gray County was next (42,100) followed by Haskell (41,100).
The complete report, including all county and district planted acres, harvested acres, yield and production, is available online in PDF form by logging on here.