(TNS) — The Kansas economy shrank in the last quarter of 2015, completing a year in which the state shrank in three of four quarters and likely entered recession, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The state saw a 0.7 percent drop in economic output in the last quarter, which runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

That was only enough to place the state 44th worst performing in the nation, placing it ahead of neighboring states such as Iowa, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

The biggest reason for the decline was the sharp fall in overall economic output by the state's farm sector, which tumbled nearly 2 percent.