ST. LOUIS —
Kansas, the nation’s top grower of the grain, isn’t catching a break. Roughly 78 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought.
That grim standing comes as 88 percent of the nation’s winter wheat crop has been planted, which is 3 percentage points ahead of the average over the previous five years. Sixty-three percent of the latest crop has emerged, down modestly from the pace of 67 percent during the past half-decade.