Drought Takes Devastating Toll

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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A deepening drought across Kansas has already destroyed as much as half of the state's dryland corn fields, and threatens other crops.

Scott Staggenborg is a crop specialist at Kansas State University. He says the drought is the worst in recent history.

The difference with this drought is that it is so widespread. Staggenborg says parts of the state have suffered in the past, but this time, the drought covers 70 or 80 percent of the state.

Scattered showers over the weekend provided relief to some parts of eastern Kansas. But Kansas Agricultural Statistic Services says triple-digit temperatures worsened crop and pasture conditions in most areas.

The agency says topsoil moisture was 87 percent short to very short.

Even if it rains the rest of the season, it is already too late to salvage the state's corn crop.

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