Corn on the Cob
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
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Monday 1st of August 2011 10:31:18 AM
Submitted by: Gary
As a crop adjuster in southwest and south central Kansas, I totally concur with Kim. There are very few dry land corn fields left standing, and if they are today (Aug.1) they won't be for long. A few showers have popped up in some localized areas to give brief relief, but this drought is entrenched and one farmer told me "it will take years to get the subsoil moisture back to normal." The sorghum-sudan that has been planted as an emergency means to get forage is dying at a foot tall. Some fields of milo, probably the most drought tolerant crop other than sunflowers, has given up and there are very few heads and those have no grain. In some areas, even the trees are starting to drop leaves. Locally, we've now surpassed 30 days of triple digit heat with more forecast. We did get a tenth of an inch rain on Monday morning (7/25/11), and a half inch in 20 minutes on June 11th, but that's the only measureable rain this year. The last good rain was October. This is historic......one for the record books......the drought of '11.
Tuesday 2nd of August 2011 10:03:41 AM
Submitted by: Kim
Gary: You have a unique perspective, and I appreciate you taking time to comment. It's a very discouraging year for many producers.