The extreme drought 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 that seems to be waking up and pushing rapidly north along with warmer temperatures. A large expansion of D3 (extreme drought) 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 Monitor website.
The drought 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.
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