Extreme drought forces Kansas wheat farmers to abandon fields.

Kansas farmers abandon wheat fields after extreme drought
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Due to severe drought and damaging cold, farmers in Kansas, the largest producer of wheat used to make bread in the United States, are abandoning their crops. Some farmers are deliberately spraying their fields with crop-killing chemicals and filing for higher-than-usual insurance payouts in the hope that the grain would not be worth harvesting. Wheat stocks in the United States are expected to fall to a 16-year low due to field abandonment, which harms local economies and forces wheat buyers to look elsewhere to meet their needs. The percentage of winter acres that farmers intend to abandon is the highest since World War I. Rising hay prices discourage wheat farmers from harvesting their fields for grain. According to the most recent government forecast, Kansas farmers will harvest only 191.4 million bushels of wheat this year, the lowest total since 1963. Some farmers will try crop production again this spring, planting sorghum instead of wheat. The poor harvest poses a risk to local businesses when acres are abandoned because fewer harvest crews will be passing through and spending money in the area.
In the wake of a worsening drought, Kansas wheat farmers are being forced to abandon their fields. The extreme drought has decimated yields and caused a disastrous situation for Kansas farmers, with some predicting winter crop harvests could be down 50 percent.

The drought has been the worst in decades, with much of the western part of the state receiving well below average rainfall. The situation has been compounded by high temperatures and low humidity, making the drought significantly worse and accelerating the damage to crops.

With so much of the crop left in the ground, fields have become nothing more than wastelands of parched soil in desperate need of water. Farmers have tried to keep the crops alive through irrigation, but for some this has been a fruitless effort. With no relief in sight, farmers have had no choice but to abandon their fields and accept the enormous losses they are facing.

The situation is felt widely throughout the state, with counties across Kansas worst hit by the drought. In some areas, the situation has become so severe that wheat farmers are having to look into alternative crops, something that could take years of hard work and dedication to get right.

For the people of Kansas, the drought is causing a lot of anxiety and despair. Hopefully in the months to come, the region will begin to see relief from the drought and its devastating effects.

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