Wichita is a transportation centre for the rich agricultural region surrounding it, and is an important market for broom-corn.
The city is situated in an important broom-corn raising district, and has broom factories, a tile factory and planing mills.
Potatoes and broom corn are other valuable products.
There was only a very small crop of broom corn in 1889, but in 1899 the crop was 3,565,510 lb.
Sorghum and kafir corn are also excellent, and broom-corn fairly good, as drought-resistant crops; the last, which is of lessening importance, is localized in Cass, Saunders and Polk counties.