Drought conditions threaten Kansas wheat

GARDEN CITY, Kan. | If drought conditions persist, wheat yields could be severely affected, agriculture officials say.

Alan Baker, Wichita County's Kansas State University extension agent, says the recent hot windy days are sucking the moisture right out of the ground.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius requested an agricultural disaster designation for Scott County from the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of the lasting and severe weather conditions, including drought and high winds that have adversely affected corn, sorghum and wheat production in the county.

State climatologist Mary Knapp said because winter precipitation is typically low, drought conditions stay relatively under control during the months of December through February.

But she says drought conditions intensify every day in March without rain.