An expanding and continuing drought across most of the western third of Kansas is increasing concern over crops planted for next spring.
Gary Gantz, who owns a grain business, says it is so dry in Ness
County that nearly two-thirds of next year's wheat crop hasn't
emerged. The Hays Daily News reports that there's also concern that
winter winds could blow up dust because of the spotty wheat stands.
Ness County isn't alone in the drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor
says currently, all or part of 22 Kansas counties are in the middle
of a moderate drought. Most of the rest of the western half of
Kansas is considered abnormally dry.