Did you know that Kansas is known as "the Wheat State"? In 2021, it produced nearly one-fourth of all wheat that was harvested in the United States. Needless to say, we really need Kansas to come up big again this year because the war in Ukraine and a number of other factors have combined to bring us to the precipice of an absolutely horrifying global food crisis. Unfortunately, things are not going well in Kansas this year. In fact, wheat crops in much of the state are failing on a massive scale…
This time of year, the wheat growing in this part of western Kansas should be thigh-high and lush green.
But as a months-long drought continues to parch the region, many fields tell a different story.
"There's nothing out there. It's dead," farmer Vance Ehmke said, surveying a wheat field near his land in Lane County. "It's just ankle-high straw."
At this point, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is telling us that 41 percent of all wheat in Kansas is in "poor" or "very poor" condition.