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Dry spring takes toll on Kansas’ wheat fields

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 8:26 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.

Kansas soil is drying out as the spring rolls on, with subsoil moisture in south central Kansas falling from 66 percent adequate in early March to 44 percent adequate now, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rest of the soil is considered short or very short of moisture.

Only about 25 percent of the south central Kansas’ top soil was judged to have adequate moisture, down from 46 percent a month ago.

The topsoil and subsoil of central, north central and, especially, western Kansas was even drier.

Kansas is in the fourth year of a drought, although it has eased somewhat over the last year.

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