Wellington–McPherson Lowlands

Wellington–McPherson Lowlands
Wellington–McPherson Lowlands
Lake Inman, the largest natural lake in Kansas

The Wellington–McPherson Lowlands are like no other part of Kansas. Occupying the south-central part of the state, this region really is flat—except for the sand dunes.

Soil

The soil in the Wellington–McPherson Lowlands consists mainly of sand, silt, and gravel. In spite of the sand dunes, erosion isn’t as much of a problem in this region as one might expect. Most of the dunes are currently inactive, meaning that vegetation is now firmly holding the sand in place.

Vegetation

Much of this region is covered by tallgrass prairie. Trees grow mainly along the streams.

Water

Wellington–McPherson Lowlands

An abundance of high-quality water is available in the Wellington–McPherson Lowlands. The most important aquifer is the Equus beds, formed by a deposit of silt, sand, and gravel. Furthermore, rivers provide the necessary moisture to support floodplain forests, and springs are scattered throughout the region.

Climate

The Wellington–McPherson Lowlands receive about 32 inches of precipitation annually. Temperatures vary greatly over the year, January lows dipping down to about 20°F and July highs climbing up to 92°F.

Wellington–McPherson Lowlands
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Agriculture

Since the Wellington–McPherson Lowlands are one of the few places in Kansas that really are flat, most of the region is devoted to growing cash crops. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that winter wheat and grain sorghum predominate here, but if you’re new to the area you may do a double take if you drive by a cotton field. While cotton is far from being king here or anywhere else in Kansas, small fields are planted periodically. Believe it or not, both the temperature and the precipitation averages in the Wichita area are acceptable for cotton culture.

Also of Interest

This is one of the more populated regions of Kansas. Communities include Wichita, Newton, and McPherson.

Helpful Resource

View South to Lindsborg
Nice view typical of this flat farming area.

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Motivated by her experience growing up on a small farm near Wichita, Kansas, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to supply Kansas country living enthusiasts with the innovative resources that they need to succeed and has now been keeping families informed and inspired for over five years. Michelle is the author of two country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching, writing, or living out the country dream.