Extreme Drought Expands North Into Kansas

Brief showers to give wheat some relief, but may also come with severe weather this week.

The extreme drought [3] conditions that have plagued western Oklahoma and much of Texas this year have spread north into southern and western Kansas to put additional stress on struggling wheat that is about a month from harvest, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

“Kansas continues to set the southern edge of the intense drought [4] that seems to be waking up and pushing rapidly north along with warmer temperatures. A large expansion of D3 (extreme drought [5]) now covers nearly the entire southern half of Kansas and D4 (exceptional drought) is slowly pushing north out of Oklahoma,” says the U.S. Drought [6] Monitor website.

The drought [7] expansion comes at a bad time for Kansas wheat, which needs rain to prevent further deterioration. Last week, crop scouts estimated the state’s drought-damaged crop will produce 260.7 million bu., the smallest since 1996’s 255.2 million, providing rain arrives soon.

To read more about the drought expansion, click here. [8]

 

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