Kansas’s winter wheat crop has received a timely boost from Mother Nature, reports The Garden City Telegram. After threats of a returning drought, recent rains brought yearly rain totals up past normal amounts for this time of year.
The precipitation increases the odds of a good wheat crop for the area. In and around Garden City, rainfall for the year was listed at three-quarters of an inch above the normal of four inches. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, there’s an encouraging trend away from drought statewide in Kansas—a welcome relief from a month ago. The state as a whole showed nothing worse than moderate drought.
Only one section of western Kansas is rated as abnormally dry. Otherwise, no part of the Kansas High Plains region falls into the moderate to exceptional drought range. Of course, plentiful rainfall is one of many factors that contribute to a profitable winter wheat season. But it sure doesn’t hurt.