Drought continues in south central Kansas

The soil in south central Kansas continues to dry out, as the rain largely stays away, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

As of the weekend, just 9 percent of the topsoil in south central Kansas was considered adequate for agriculture, while 16 percent of the subsurface soil was adequate.

The USDA predicted that, as of May 1, the wheat harvest in south central Kansas would be down 21 percent from last year.

Despite rain in some sections of the state last week, overall wheat condition is the worst since 1996: 24 percent was rated very poor, 31 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 14 percent good, and only 1 percent excellent.