Winter wheat planting has started in southeast Kansas.
According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, 11% of winter wheat has been planted in southeast Kansas. That's slightly behind the statewide average of 18% which is equal to last year's numbers. Southwest Kansas leads the state with 32% planted and 13% emerged. Recent rains have helped some of the fields near Coffeyville, where wheat is starting to emerge, although the percentage of winter wheat emerged in southeast Kansas is still estimated near zero.