WICHITA, Kan. (AP) —
Recent rain in far western Kansas have bolstered topsoil moisture
conditions as winter wheat planting gets underway across the state.
Kansas Wheat marketing director Aaron Harries says people have a reason to be more pleased.
says conditions have improved dramatically over last fall, though
technically much of the western third of the state remains in a drought.
National Agricultural Statistics Service says about 70 percent of
west-central Kansas has adequate to surplus topsoil moisture. In
northwest Kansas, about 65 percent falls in that category. Some areas in
western Kansas received up to 5 inches of rain in recent weeks.
southwest Kansas — which missed the heavier rains — is still in better
shape than a year ago with 37 percent adequate to surplus topsoil