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Drought hits corn hard in southwest Kansas

August 7, 2011


— The drought of 2011 is hitting crops hard in southwest Kansas.

The Garden City Telegram reports that the dry year in southwest Kansas has burnt up some fields early and small amounts of rainfall are doing little to alleviate drought conditions.

Jay Garetson farms primarily in Haskell County. He says that it’s the driest year he’s seen and that his corn crop is “anywhere from bad to zero.”

The Kansas Corn Commission released an updated July 26 report that pegged corn at 16 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 32 percent fair, and 34 percent good to excellent

Although corn may not produce much, much like the wheat harvest, the silver lining for the Garetsons is cotton. He said the cotton, which likes the hot, dry weather, looks excellent.


Crazy_Larry 6 years, 8 months ago

Garden City? Southwest Kansas isn't really corn friendly country to begin with. It takes around 23" annual rain to grow corn...what's the average annual in Garden City? 18"? What kind of farmer tries to grow corn in a place like southwest Kansas? A farmer who's manipulated by government handouts? Consider the biome. What types of flora and fauna are there to begin with? Don't call it a catastrophe, or an act of god, and don't expect government handouts.

I am number one.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 8 months ago

3000 gallons of water per bushel of corn. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that an acre of corn gives off 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of water in the transpiration process each day. And it takes somewhere around 3 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of ethanol. --the more you know--

dad52 6 years, 8 months ago

Your name fits your smart thinking. What you need to do is get off your backside and follow a farmer sometime. What I mean by that is just don't go out and watch a farmer and see what he does each day, get in there and help him and you will soon see it takes way more than you even think you know, (very, very hard work for one thing ) not to mention having to be a financial and science genius. If it wasn't for farmers being so technological, intelligent people like you wouldn't be able to sit down to a nice meal, and if you did it would surely cost you a heck of a lot more if the American farmer wasn't so progressive. So if you want to take a farmer up on an experience you'll never forget let me know and I will introduce you to one.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 8 months ago

He didn't say farmers are lazy or stupid. He merely pointed out that raising corn in industrial quantities in a semi-arid region is a bit quixotic.

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