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Drought relief expected in Douglas County

May 10, 2013


The U.S. Drought Monitor predicts a lessening of the drought for eastern Kansas during the upcoming months.

The U.S. Drought Monitor predicts a lessening of the drought for eastern Kansas during the upcoming months.

For the first time in a year, Douglas County may soon be drought-free, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The federal government's latest forecast predicts a reduction of drought conditions in eastern Kansas during the next three months. The monitor already lists some parts of far eastern Kansas as out of the drought, and that line is slowly creeping westward toward Douglas County, which is listed as being in moderate drought.

The driving factor for the drought relief has been a cool, wet spring.

In April, Lawrence received 3.72 inches of rain, its highest monthly total in the past year. Since April 1, 5.67 inches of precipitation have fallen on Lawrence, .56-inch more than average. To put those numbers in perspective, Lawrence received only 7.52 inches of precipitation during the last six months of 2012.

National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn Byrne said the trend of average or above-average rainfall should continue for the next few weeks. He expects rain throughout next week, with the best chances coming Wednesday evening.

And for those tired of chilly temperatures, get ready to bust out the shorts.

“We are looking for a warming trend in the next week,” Byrne said. “Spring is finally here.” Saturday and Sunday's highs will still be in the 60s, but Byrne expects highs for the rest of the week to be in the 70s to 80s.

This warming trend could be good news for local farmers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Friday that the winter wheat crop’s progress was behind last year’s pace. Cold weather has hindered crop growth, and the USDA expects Kansas winter wheat production to decline by 22 percent to 299 million bushels this year.

The corn crop also is far behind because of the wet weather. As of May 6, Kansas farmers had only 17 percent of their corn crop planted, a far cry from the 71 percent of corn that was planted at the same time last year. However, the USDA expects corn yields to be much higher than in the recent drought-plagued years.

Douglas County has been abnormally dry or in a state of drought 25 of the last 29 months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

A long hot global warming summer could send Douglas county back in to a drought quickly.

Think water conservation like don't water lawns everyday and when it is raining.

Alceste 4 years, 11 months ago

More corn means more WELFARE paid to the poor farmers. Wonderful....

Alceste 4 years, 11 months ago

Here are the details for Douglas County, Kansas:

•$56.1 million in subsidies 1995-2011. $33.8 million in commodity subsidies. $11.6 million in crop insurance subsidies. $7.16 million in conservation subsidies. $3.57 million in disaster subsidies. •Kansas ranking: 6 of 50 States •32 percent of farms in Kansas did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA. •Ten percent collected 73 percent of all subsidies. •Amounting to $32.5 million over 17 years. •Top 10%: $10,841 average per year between 1995 and 2011. •Bottom 80%: $255 average per year between 1995 and 2011.

Recipients of Corn Subsidies** from farms in Douglas County, Kansas totaled $20,212,000 in from 1995-2011.


Recipient (* ownership information available)


Corn Subsidies** 1995-2011

1 Pine Family Farms Gen Ptn ∗ Lawrence, KS 66044 $762,355 2 Nunemaker-ross Inc ∗ Lawrence, KS 66044 $657,376 3 Guenther Bros Partnership ∗ Lawrence, KS 66047 $318,021 4 Mark Neis Eudora, KS 66025 $316,790 5 Neis Brothers Ptn ∗ Eudora, KS 66025 $307,018 6 Schaake Farms Inc ∗ Lawrence, KS 66046 $302,079 7 Roger L Kitsmiller Rev Tr Lawrence, KS 66046 $259,380 8 Robert Gabriel Sr Eudora, KS 66025 $258,727 9 Ralph D Kitsmiller Rev Tr Lawrence, KS 66046 $257,360 10 Triple B Farms Ptn ∗ Lawrence, KS 66049 $242,867 11 Rocking H Ranch Inc ∗ Berryton, KS 66409 $226,542 12 James Wiscombe Overbrook, KS 66524 $191,270 13 Carl E Flory Rev Trust Baldwin City, KS 66006 $185,722 14 Crist Dairy Ptn ∗ Overbrook, KS 66524 $182,731 15 Richard L Knabe Rev Trust Eudora, KS 66025 $178,558 16 Michael John Wintermantel Baldwin City, KS 66006 $158,413 17 Kermit Kalb Rev Tr Wellsville, KS 66092 $156,656 18 Clifford R Neis Eudora, KS 66025 $147,197 19 Metsker Farms ∗ Lawrence, KS 66047 $145,721 20 Allen Osborn Baldwin City, KS 66006 $145,438

notaubermime 4 years, 11 months ago

Some sections of Kansas are already out of the drought?! Obviously, Lawrence's slow recovery from the drought is due to the city commission and their business-repelling policies. The drought would already be over if Lawrence had a Menard's.

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