Western Third Of Kansas Suffering Moderate Drought

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

One year after dealing with too much moisture, parts of western Kansas are now classified as being under a moderate drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor, based in Lincoln, Neb., says most of the western third of Kansas is abnormally dry, with parts of 13 western counties under a moderate drought.

That's a complete turnaround in the Jennings area, where farmers harvested three crops this year, including the 2009 corn and milo crops.

Lawrence Carter, manager of the Jennings branch of the Decatur Co-op elevator, says wet conditions stretched out last year's harvests through nine months, with the last of the 2009 corn crop delivered in March of this year.

The Hays Daily News reports that this year, the corn crop was nearly all out of the field early.

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