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More Kansas farmers planting dryland corn this year

Oct 16, 2017 at 11:46 AM CST


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Prompted by plentiful rains and full underground moisture, farmers in western Kansas are planting more acres of dryland corn, according to the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service.

Data from the service showed southwest Kansas farmers planted 149,000 acres in 2016 — 133 percent more than in 2015. West-central Kansas is up about 59 percent, The Hutchinson News reported . Data from 2017 acreage is not yet available.