eUpdate Articles Tagged: Drought

Update on drought conditions and the 3-month fall outlook

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Kansas Climate: What is the latest drought status for Kansas?

The combination of warm, dry conditions resulted in expansion of the moderate to severe drought. Currently, less than half of the state is drought free. Considering this is typically a dry time of the year, even above-normal precipitation will not improve the most severe areas very quickly. Read more from our Climate Team, Mary Knapp and Chip Redmond.

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Update on drought conditions in Kansas - February 28, 2020

Heavy rain this past week improved the drought status in central and west central Kansas. What is the outlook for the first week of March? Read more from our team in the Weather Data Library, Mary Knapp and Chip Redmond.


Drought stress taking its toll on Kansas wheat production in 2020

Wheat fields in various parts of Kansas are showing varying degrees of drought stress depending on the location. Read more about this emerging situation in this article from Romulo Lollato, K-State Wheat Specialist.

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Dry conditions in early May leads to expansion of drought in Kansas

A dry start to May has led to an expansion of drought and abnormally dry conditions in portions of Kansas. Read more from our Kansas Climate Team in this article from Extension Agronomy.


Kansas weather: Early June heat, drought...repeat?

The first week of June has been unusually warm all across Kansas. But, how unusual is it and where does June 2020 rank in the record books? How long will it last? Read more about this hot start to June in this article.

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Western Kansas remains very dry with significant impacts on agriculture

Extreme drought can be found in southwest Kansas with significant impacts on agriculture. Learn more about the Drought Monitor and find out what to expect over the rest of June in terms of rainfall and heat. (Cracked soil photo credit: Josh Coltrain)

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Update on drought conditions in Kansas - June 23, 2020

While portions of Kansas did get significant rainfall in the last week, other areas remain dry with expansion of drought status in many locations. Read more about the drought status for Kansas and what to expect for moisture and temperatures as we head into July.

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Heat wave for the weekend: Update on high temperatures and heat stress

The Climate Prediction Center and the National Weather Service have issued heat outlooks for the weekend and continuing through the end of July. Even western portions of Kansas can expect elevated dew points and increased low temperatures.

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Update on drought conditions in Kansas - November 13, 2020

While certain areas of Kansas received some precipitation in the last week, much of the state remains quite dry. Did the rainfall result in a change in drought status for those areas? What is expected for the next week in Kansas? Read more in this article from the Kansas Climate team.


Update on drought conditions in Kansas - December 4, 2020

Heavy precipitation in some areas of Kansas resulted in some improvement in the drought status. Other areas that missed the rain declined or stayed the same. What is the outlook for the next 2 weeks in KS? Learn more in this article.

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Expectations for a late-emerged winter wheat crop

Many wheat fields around Kansas emerged later than desired due to extremely dry soil conditions in the fall. What are the expectations for late-emerged wheat and what factors contribute to the expected yield potential for those fields?

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Update on drought conditions in Kansas - June 28, 2022

This article summarizes the weather in Kansas during the week of June 22 to June 28. Isolated, heavy rains in some areas led to improvement in drought status, while the western regions remain dry. The northeast portion of KS could see moderate rainfall through the weekend. What will July bring for Kansas?

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Drought and heat stress in Kansas corn fields

Since the end of June, rainfall has been sporadic and uneven across Kansas. In central and western Kansas, several corn fields under dryland conditions have been suffering a combination of drought and heat stress. Common symptoms of drought/heat stress in corn are discussed in this article.

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Dryland corn considerations for 2022

Dryland corn in many parts of western KS is struggling. Elevated levels of nitrates are a common concern with drought-stressed plants. This article discusses the best options for these corn fields. Failed dryland corn may fill a gap for livestock producers with limited forage options. Testing prior to feeding will be particularly important.

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Considerations when planting wheat into dry soil

Soils in portions of western and central Kansas have become steadily drier through the late summer and early fall. Topsoil conditions are now very dry in many areas of Kansas. Wheat producers have limited options for planting: "dust in" the wheat, plant deeper, or wait for rain. Read more about these options in this article.

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Check herbicide labels before using soybeans for livestock feed

Drought conditions throughout Kansas are forcing farmers to consider harvesting soybeans for forage instead of grain. Many factors should be considered when making this decision. Herbicide applications made during the growing season are one thing to consider. Many herbicide labels restrict the use of soybeans as a forage.

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Drought progression in Kansas during the 2022 growing season

Drought conditions across Kansas have steadily worsened since the start of this growing season. Parts of Kansas that were drought-free in April are now classified in the most extreme drought classification. How did we get there? This article looks at the progression of drought across Kansas this growing season.

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Value of forage insurance during drought

Over two-thirds of all Kansas counties are experience extreme or exceptional drought. Cattle producers can take several actions to mitigate the impact of drought, including purchasing forage insurance, or Pasture, Rainfall, Forage (PRF) insurance. In this article, we discuss what the PRF is and report PRF payouts to-date by drought status for all 105 Kansas counties.

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Considerations when buying hay for winter feeding

Hay is the most important fiber source for cattle during the winter in Kansas. When looking to buy hay to feed this winter, there are several factors to consider so that you get the best product for the price.

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Update on soil conditions and growing degree days this spring

The first half of April means that planters in some areas of Kansas have started rolling out. This article looks at soil temperatures, soil moisture, and growing degree day accumulation for the year. The upcoming forecast for Kansas is also presented.

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Rainfall in southwest Kansas this growing season ranks in the top five since 1895

The meteorological start of the 2023 growing season was on April 1. The average precipitation across southwest Kansas for this 4-month period is 16.29 inches which ranks as the 5th wettest April-July on record in that division, dating back to the start of official climate records in 1895.

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Considerations when planting wheat into dry soil

Several areas across Kansas are still experiencing drought conditions. Topsoil conditions are very dry in many areas of Kansas. For wheat yet to be planted in these areas, producers are left with a few options. This article discusses the different strategies for planting wheat when the soil is lacking adequate moisture.

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Kansas weekly drought update and climate report: Dec. 27, 2023 - Jan. 2, 2024

This article summarizes the weather conditions across Kansas for the week of December 27, 2023 through January 2, 2024. Also included in this report is an update on the drought status across Kansas and the short-range weather forecast for the next 8 to 14 days.

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Kansas Weekly Drought Update and Climate Report - Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, 2024

This past week, much above-normal temperatures were again the rule across all of Kansas. A multi-day weather event brought generous amounts of rain to the state during the period. There were improvements in the drought status for some areas. Learn more about the weather across Kansas during the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

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Possible causes for white heads in wheat

White heads have been appearing in many wheat fields around Kansas. Sometimes, they are just single tillers scattered throughout part or all of a field, and sometimes, they occur in small-to-large patches. There are many causes of white heads. Here are some of the most common causes and their diagnoses.

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