USDA Gauges Impact Of Drought On Kansas Farms

By: Justin Surrency Email
By: Justin Surrency Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -This summer's drought has left plenty of farmers high and dry and looking forward to a new year with better results.

USDA Under Secretary Mike Scuse, toured a farm in Mayetta to see first hand the effects the drought has had on Kansas.

Farmers in Kansas have been distraught with the production of this summers crops. The lack of rain and extreme heat are yielding lackluster results.

Under Secretary Michael Scuse says Kansas isn't alone

He says he's seen fields in other states that were planted in May that are bare with nothing.

Mayetta farmer Nick Bowser says recent rain has helped to some degree but for the most part it was just too little too late. Nick said, "The corn crop has failed already but the biggest benefit of the rain is an increase in our grass. Our pastures will green up and help livestock producers not have to feed hay so early to the animals.

To say the drought has been tough on this year's crops would be an understatement. So much so in fact that the USDA Under Secretary came and had a first hand look at bean fields that are knee high and supposed to be waist high this time of year.

Michael said, "The production for this year is pretty much gone. These plants should not be dead they should be very much alive and full of pods. These plants should be three to four beans in each pod and if you look there's only two to three pods. Production is extremely limited here at best.

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