Farmers turning to crop insurance due to drought

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Wellington, Kan. -- Hot and very windy weather this week is only making matters worse for Kansas farmers.

Bob White has been farming for more than 40 years in Sumner County which means he's been through many trials and tribulations. This is one of those years.

White says, "We're going to be in the 90's with this terrible wind the next couple of days. That's just going to draw more moisture out of these plants which means it's not going into the seed to help it fill."

White is also a crop insurance agent so he's hearing from clients with drought stressed fields.

"We've had the adjustors in. We've been filing claims on a pretty regular basis. We've had the adjustors in and looked and done some appraisals. Some of the fields aren't worth going forward with."

He says some farmers will hay or graze abandoned wheat fields in accordance with their policy.

White says with the persistence of the drought farmers will be reluctant to plant a row crop in place of any abandoned wheat unless a lot of rain comes quickly.

"It's going to be a short year for all the farmers. And this right here equates to our pay check and it's going to be a small one."

White says crop insurance doesn't replace a good harvest, it just helps a farmer get enough to survive until the next growing season.

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