Today, wheat fields, oil-well derricks, herds of cattle, and grain-storage
elevators are chief features of the Kansas landscape. A leading wheat-growing
state, Kansas also raises corn, sorghum, oats, barley, soybeans, and potatoes.
Kansas stands high in petroleum production and mines zinc, coal, salt,
and lead. It is also the nation's leading producer of helium.
is one of the nation's leading aircraft-manufacturing centers, ranking
first in production of private aircraft. Kansas City is an important transportation,
milling, and meat-packing center.