Kansas agriculture http://kmuw.org en Kan. Corn Crop Projected To Be Considerably Higher Than Last Year http://kmuw.org/post/kan-corn-crop-projected-be-considerably-higher-last-year <p>A new government forecast says Kansas farmers are on track to harvest 38 percent more corn than a year ago.<br><br>The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports the state's corn crop should in at about 525 million bushels.<br><br>Farmers are cutting 4.2 million acres of corn this season, which is up 6 percent from last year. Yields are also far better at 125 bushels per acre. That's 29 bushels an acre more than a year ago.<br><br>The agency also forecasts Kansas will harvest more than twice as much sorghum as last year, and that soybean production will be up by 58 percent.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:44:03 +0000 Associated Press 23386 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Meat Packer Recalls 50,000 Pounds Of Beef http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-meat-packer-recalls-50000-pounds-beef <p>National Beef Packing Company in Liberal <a href="http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2013/Recall-043-2013-Release">is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef products over E. coli concerns</a>.</p><p>The U.S. Agriculture Department says the recalled products carry the number "EST. 208A" inside the USDA mark. They were produced July 18 and shipped in 40- to 60-pound cases across the country.</p><p>The recall includes 10-lb. packages of "National Beef" 93/7 with product code 0707.</p><p>Also recalled:</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:18:17 +0000 Associated Press 21273 at http://kmuw.org Despite Recent Rains, Kansas Crops and Pastures Suffer http://kmuw.org/post/despite-recent-rains-kansas-crops-and-pastures-suffer <p>Spotty rain showers across much of the state this week were too little to improve drought conditions in western Kansas.</p><p><a href="http://www.nass.usda.gov/">The National Agricultural Statistics Service</a> reported Monday that dryland farm crops and pastures are still suffering from lack of rain. The agency said it has received reports of failed corn and sorghum crops in areas missed by the rain, as well as fields damaged by hail or wind.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:29:50 +0000 Associated Press 20828 at http://kmuw.org Brownback Praises Chinese Agriculture Partnership http://kmuw.org/post/brownback-praises-chinese-agriculture-partnership <p></p><p>Gov. Sam Brownback is celebrating an agreement between Kansas and central China's Henan province as a significant development in their trade relationship. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:12:20 +0000 Associated Press 20788 at http://kmuw.org