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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Harvest results vary across county

  • Kansas’ corn harvest is expected to be 38 percent above last year’s production, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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  • Kansas’ corn harvest is expected to be 38 percent above last year’s production, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
    However, this doesn't mean everyone is seeing more corn.
    Matt Long, grain manager at the Groveland elevator, said his facility has taken in about 500,000 bushels of corn so far and expects the final amount to be near or slightly below the elevator’s 5-year average of 1.5 million bushels.
    On the other hand, Vicki Young, office manager at the Mid Kansas Coop in Marquette said her elevator expects to take in more corn this year than its usual 200,000 bushels.
    Long said the difference lies in how the corn is grown. The Groveland elevator takes in more irrigated corn, which was damaged by flooding during heavy summer rains. He said irrigated corn also was damaged by a wind storm during the wheat harvest, which broke many green stalks.
    Long said drought at the beginning of the growing season also impacted the harvest.
    Marquette deals mostly with dryland corn, which is grown without irrigation. This means the corn was not damaged as much by heavy rains.
    Long said dryland corn is planted later in the season than irrigated corn, so it didn’t suffer as much from drought conditions.
    However, Young said rains have delayed the corn harvest in Marquette. The wet weather has kept farmers from being able to harvest. As such, the Marquette elevator has only taken in 14,870 bushels so far, less than the amount that has usually been harvested at this time of year.
    The weather also has kept the corn from maturing.
    According to a USDA crop report released Sept. 16, 33 percent of the crop was mature, well behind 84 percent last year and the 61 percent average. Corn harvested was 8 percent complete, well behind 50 percent last year and the 24 percent average.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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