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Wheat Report from Central Kansas
Thursday 14th of April 2011 08:14 AM

By Kim L. Fritzemeier

KFRM Central Kansas Reporter

Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line

When weather forecasters start using terms like "Dust Bowl," it's not good for farm country. Yesterday, AccuWeather reported:

"Following what has been the driest four-month period since before the 1930s Dust Bowl, hope is dwindling, if not already lost, for wheat farmers of Oklahoma and Texas who desperately need rain. The forecast is not looking promising."

AP Photo, Oklahoma wheat field, March 14 (accompanied the 4-13-11 AccuWeather story)

The news isn't much better from western Kansas, according to the farmer who cares for our land in Haskell County.

So I truly feel fortunate when I walk along the roads and see our wheat crop growing and greening up.

Undeniably, it could use some rain. We've only had about 0.10 in the past month and it could definitely use a good, long drink of water.

But at least the hope is still there for a good wheat crop in this area.

According to AccuWeather, it will be severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail that may bring much-needed rain to Kansas and eastern Oklahoma today.

That's kind of a good news/bad news scenario. Here's to praying for rain without the dramatic weather.

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