Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback says drought conditions in southwest Kansas are more extreme than he could have imagined.
The governor made that assessment after spending Wednesday touring the region from the ground and air.
He pledged the state will do all it can to help farmers and ranchers coping with what some call the driest conditions in more than 40 years.
Rainfall in southwest Kansas has been about two-thirds of normal since last summer. The region did get about one inch of rain in recent days, but that won't be much help for many wheat producers.
Farmers told Brownback the wheat that has emerged on dryland acreage is in poor condition. Irrigation helps, but the crop suffers without supplemental rains.