Farmers have already started to harvest corn for grain in southeast Kansas, which is about two weeks ahead of normal and the earliest start in the state’s history, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA rated two-thirds of the state’s drought-ravaged corn crop as poor or very poor. It rated just 24 percent of the crop as fair, 9 percent as good and 1 percent as excellent.
Soybeans and grain sorghum crops are in similar condition.
Although the last week brought a few scattered storms across the state, the USDA rated just 1 percent to 2 percent of the soil in south-central Kansas as having adequate moisture to grow crops.