Kansas has a strong agricultural tradition that predates its statehood, and it continues to be a significant contributor to the state's economic well-being. In 2009, cash receipts from farm marketings exceeded $12 billion, while exports of agricultural products that year were valued at more than $4.7 billion.
Kansas farmers typically produce more wheat than any other state in the nation and, in 2009, Kansas wheat accounted for more than 16 percent of all wheat produced nationwide. Kansas ranks first in grain sorghum produced, second in cropland, and third in land in farms and sunflowers produced. The state ranks fourth in summer potatoes, sixth in hay produced, seventh in corn for grain, ninth in soybean production, 15th in dry edible beans, 16th in oats, and 17th in upland cotton.
Kansas also is a leader in beef production, with more than 19 percent of all U.S. beef originating from Kansas beef processing facilities. The state ranks third in cattle and calves on farms and third in cattle and calves on grain feed, 10th in hogs on farms, 11th in market sheep and lambs, 14th in meat and other goats, 16th in milk produced, and 19th in sheep and lambs on farms.
Agriculture and agribusiness contribute to the total economy of Kansas, both directly and indirectly. One in five Kansans, rural and urban, work in jobs related to agriculture and food production.
Kansas Agricultural Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, collects, maintains and disseminates statistics about Kansas agriculture.
Kansas Agricultural Statistics, a joint venture involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Department of Agriculture, collects, maintains and disseminates statistics about Kansas agriculture.
The Farm Facts report provides both up-to-date and historical information on Kansas agriculture. Due to the budget restraints, the final Farm Facts was published in August, 2010. Other popular reports they publish include:
Kansas Hay Price Statistics
Kansas Sunflower Price Statistics
Kansas Livestock Auction Reports
Weekly Crop Progress and Condition – A summary of the previous week’s crop progress and conditions and weather information.
Crops – Monthly reports cover acreage, crop production, grain stocks, farm income, land values, exports and wheat quality.
Prices – Select state and mid-month average prices received, price indices and annual estimates of prices paid by farmers.
Livestock - A summary of reports released including cattle inventory, calf crop, cattle on feed, slaughter, milk and dairy products, sheep and goats.
Hogs and Pigs – An inventory of hogs and pigs, pig crop and farrowing intentions.
Custom Rates – Rates paid by Kansas farmers for custom work. Custom Rates was last published in 2009.
Wheat Varieties – Reports on varieties of wheat seeded in the state.
Agricultural Land Values and Cash Rents – Land values in the state.
All Kansas farmers and agribusiness firms providing data for these surveys may receive printed copies of the reports free of charge when avaiable and on request. The internet is our preferred mode of providing user access to these reports. All data users may access them through the Kansas Agricultural Statistics website or can receive the results by email by using our online subscription feature.
To subscribe to receive paper reports:
Complete the subscription form and mail it to Kansas Agricultural Statistics, P.O. Box 3534, Topeka, KS 66601-3534, or call at (785) 233-2230.
To receive reports by email without charge, use our online subscription feature.