Farmers: Drought hurting wheat crops(Kansas)
Last significant rainfall event occurred in August.
By Mike Corn
MONUMENT – Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom from mud-covered windows could keep a farmer and his now mostly brown John Deere tractor from discing under 180 acres of wheat that could only be seen upon close examination.
And never mind the blowing snow one recent day, the disc pulled behind the tractor was throwing up dry dirt clods as a cloud of dust followed behind – quickly pushed to the south by winds gusting as much as 45 mph.
He didn’t want to give his last name. “Just Steve,” he said, as he kicked at the ground, pointing out rows of wheat – a smattering of small plants that had only recently emerged.
They, as had other fields in the western third of Kansas, had fallen victim to a lack of rain.