2021 US Corn Belt Crop Tour



2021 Summary of the State of Kansas

Day 5: July 3, 2021

10th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Kansas

The 2021 10th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour in the state of Kansas. We started in Kansas City, traveled south to Melvern, northwest to Allen, to Riley, to Clay Center, west to Scandia, back east to Washington, and north to Marysville. It was a sunny day with a high of 26 Celsius. The planting season started off dry, with corn planted first, but the month of May turned wet and delayed the planting of soybeans. Crops are all over the map from tasseled silking corn with ears in the south, to pineapple corn in the northwest. Soybeans are further ahead in the north vs. the south.

USDA rates Kansas corn conditions good-excellent 75%, much higher than 2020 at 52%, and soybeans at 70% vs. 2020 at 57%. Topsoil is projected at 82%, 27% above last year, and subsoil moisture at 82% also up 28% vs. 2020.

State of Kansas 90 Day precipitation map

State of Kansas Drought Classification Maps

On average, the state had a wetter start to the planting season vs. 2020, with above average precipitation as the drought has been removed in the first half of 2021. The state ranks 10th in soybean production and 6th in corn production. Rating the state, 6.5 out of 10 as the state needs more timely rains thru Jul/Aug and a good finish to achieve above average yields and break the 2014 corn record at 149 (2020 at 137). Soybean yield record was 2016 at 48 vs. last year at 40.5 bpa.

State of Kansas Image Collage

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About Kansas
Number of farms
784 acres
Average size of a Kansas farm
45,700,000 acres
Land in Kansas farms
Average age of Kansas farmer
Kansas’ US rank in sorghum grain production
5,800,000 acres
Corn acres intended in 2021, -5% vs 2020

134 bu/acre
Corn yield in 2020, +1.0 bu/acre vs. 2019
4,700,000 acres
Soybean acres intended in 2021, -1% vs. 2020

40.5 bu/acre
Soybean yield in 2020, -1.0 bu/acre vs. 2019
7,300,000 acres
Wheat acres intended in 2021, +11% vs. 2020

48 bu/acre 
Wheat yield in 2021, +3.0 bu/acre vs. 2020


2021 US Corn Belt Tour
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