Celebrate the 5th Annual National Forage Week and help raise awareness of the importance and impact of forages. Livestock producers depend heavily upon the native range, hay, silage, cool season grasses, summer annuals and other forages that are produced in the state. Key Kansas forage production statistics include:
- 1st in sorghum silage production in 2017: 29.3 percent of U.S. total
- 3rd in all hay production: 6.04 million tons — 4.6 percent of U.S. total
- 5th in feeds and fodder exports: $185.9 million
- 2017 corn silage production: 5.4 million tons — 4.2 percent of U.S. total
- 2017 sorghum silage production: 1.1 million tons — 29.3 percent of U.S. total
Forages are grown in ALL 105 Kansas Counties, see how your County acreage ranks in some of these key Kansas forages!
Thanks go to USDA- Farm Service Agency (FSA)! Today’s maps were developed from this publicly available data. FSA policy requires that producers participating in several programs such as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC), or who receive marketing assistance loans or loan deficiency payments submit an annual report regarding all cropland use on their farms. Typically, this is done by filling out the FSA-578 form. This data is available here.