Ag News -
Thursday, 27 September 2012 09:27
By Amy Bickel
September rains relieved some parts of the state, with the drought lessening in some parts of eastern Kansas but worsening in others. The state remains in a severe to exceptional drought, with much of western Kansas rated as exceptional, the highest ranking by the U.S. Drought monitor.
Last year, Kansas
farmers claimed more than $1 billion in crop insurance indemnities to offset the loss of their withered wheat and fall crops,
according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency. All
told, the Kansas Department of Agriculture estimated the drought in 2011 cost Kansas farmers $1.7
billion in crop losses.
This year, farmers have filed $284 million in
indemnities so far, with $154.8 million coming in wheat losses. The amount
could escalate as fall harvest continues across Kansas.
According to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, the drought is expected to persist across Kansas through at least December.