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More than half of Kansas corn crop in poor condition

July 16, 2012

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— A new government report is painting a grim snapshot of the drought's effects on farms across Kansas.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that more than half of the state's corn crop is in poor to very poor condition.

Soybean and sorghum crops are faring only slightly better with more than 40 percent of both those Kansas crops also in poor to very poor condition.

The misery extends beyond the field crops as livestock producers struggle with dried up pastures and shrinking hay and stock water supplies.

The agency estimates 78 percent of the range and pasture land in Kansas is in poor to very poor shape. Hay and forage supplies are 57 percent short. Stock water is short to very short across 55 percent of Kansas.

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