Kansas Drought Hitting Farmers Hard

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -Farmers across Kansas will most likely want to put this summer's growing season behind them as soon as possible. With more heat still on the way it looks as if little relief is in sight

The heat is taking its toll on crops all over the midwest, forcing farmers to yield unexpectedly low quality crops this time of year. Even the most experienced farmers are feeling the effects of this summers drought.

Topeka farmer and owner of Meier JC & Sons Market is hoping for a better year next year. In a summer that has produced extreme heat and lead the USDA declaring 82 Kansas counties as federal disaster areas due to a severe drought, it seems the only thing growing for farmers in kansas is frustration.

Lenny says, "Its been challenging we've irrigated and thrown money on fuel but got nothing out of it. The green bean field has alot of beans on it but no pods. The three acre watermelon field only has three of four watermelons in it. There's just nothing there and we have lost four or five thousand dozen of corn. I'm pulling corn now that I normally wouldn't until mid-August.

For some across the midwest it's just a few weeks of uncomfortable heat that they can live through but for those making a living from farming the drought has caused people to strongly consider an alternative way of life.

There's alot looking for jobs and people don't realize how serious this drought is. It's not just in Topeka, its all over the states and not just in Kansas. It"s going to hurt alot of people and especially people on low income.

As of now Lenny Meier does not plan on raising prices on produce due to the drought. Employees at Dillons, in Topeka, say they have not seen any noticeable changes in produce prices yet., but Federal Agriculture officials have said higher prices for feed corn could mean you'll start seeing higher meat prices at the stores.


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