It's no secret we've been experiencing some sort of drought, with words like 'hot' and 'dry' continuously in the forecast, but in South-Central Kansas, it's pretty 'extreme.'

"You don't have anything, if you don't have rain," Orville Miller, a dairy farmer in Reno County said.

Crispy sorghum stalks whisper in the wind near Hutchinson, as the lack of water depletes plants from their color and life.

"We've chopped soy beans. We've chopped failed milo. We've chopped failed corn. Some of our neighbors have baled all of their soy beans and most of their corn fields for cow feed for beef cows," Miller added.

"We had a week and a half of rain in May and basically just small showers since that. Before that, we hadn't had a good rain since last October," Miller said.

"We have gone up to what is called a D3 Extreme Drought, which is one step away from being the worst type of drought. We have quickly evolved from picking up a foot of rain in May to being a tier 3 type of drought, which is not a good thing," KAKE Meteorologist Cameron Venable said. "The last really bad drought was 2011, we are due for a bad drought."

It's a drought Meteorologist Cameron Venable says we haven't seen since 2011.

Orville Miller owns Miller Dairy Inc. in Reno County.

It's a family farm with around 400 animals, including close to 200 cows.

"It's a lot of cattle to feed and then a day’s work of farming in between," Miller said.

Their farming focus, for their dairy farm, is growing feed for their cows.

"Typically, we will get 4 cuttings of alfalfa on the dry land, this year was 1 cutting," he said.

But with the extreme drought, it's making things much tougher.

"At this point, we are just salvaging failed crops and trying to make feed out of them. We are doing that not only on our farm, but for the neighbors and other dairy farmers in the area that are trying to find feed to feed their cows this winter," he said. "We have chopped a lot of corn for neighbors, that insurance calls 0-20 bushels an acre, so it basically doesn't have any ears on it, but it's fodder that you can feed to the cows, so we are salvaging it for that."

"It's 16 inches tall and typically it would be 6 feet tall. It's pretty much burned up," he said referring to a field of sorghum he planted for a neighboring farmer.

He says drought and Kansas are synonymous.

"We typically have some drought every year, just not prolonged like this year. Our crops get stressed every year. We don't grow corn like they do in Iowa, ever, unless it's irrigated."

Irrigated like some of the corn he has on his land.

"It just tasseled and is started in to form an ear," as he shared referring to some irrigated corn he has on his land.

"Here's the corn that didn't get any water that was planted that same day," he said pointing to the crop just below it outside of the irrigation range.

He adds farmers can get crop insurance which may cover the cost of some of the failed crops.