The 2023 map is intended to be more user-friendly and designed for the Internet. Better data and technology have enabled the map to account for microclimates within regions where the zones may slightly vary from a rural area to more developed cities and towns as well as areas of elevation change.
With the new guidelines, most of Kansas is now within zones 6a to 7a. For many of us the new zoning represents a change of half a hardiness zone. This could mean more options for growing during cool seasons.
To access the updated 2023 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and find resources to use the map for your location you can visit this site: https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/. (Cynthia Domenghini)