Drought Scorches Eastern Kansas
Extreme drought conditions are hitting the central region, southeast corner of the state
The areas of eastern Kansas in extreme or exceptional drought grew slightly as depicted on the Aug. 2 U.S. Drought Monitor Map maintained by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, reports the Kansas Farmer.
Rains, some of them heavy, did move across parts of the state during the last week of July, but frustrated farmers and ranchers in the hardest-hit counties watched helplessly as storm after storm fell apart before reaching the region.
Most of the eastern half of the state — usually the region that gets the most rainfall — remains in at least moderate drought, with a finger of extreme drought in the central region and another patch of extreme drought in the far southeast corner.