By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas farmers are harvesting what are expected to be record corn and soybean crops.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Wednesday that the 713 million bushels of corn forecast in Kansas is a 23 percent increase compared to last year’s production.

Kansas is harvesting corn from 4.85 million acres this season, up 24 percent from last year’s acreage. Average corn yields are down a bushel to 147 bushels per acre.

The agency is also projecting a record soybean production of 180 million bushels in Kansas. That is up 21 percent more than last year.

Sorghum production is forecast at 264 million bushels, down 6 percent from a year ago. Kansas growers planted fewer acres of sorghum, but the sorghum yield is still forecast at a record 91 bushels per acre.

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