Like crops, area stock ponds could use recharging rainfall

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While crops are struggling mightily as our drought continues, stock ponds across the KVOE listening area haven't gotten to critical stages yet.

Lyon County Extension ag agent Brian Rees tells KVOE News there haven't been any complaints from ag producers about mud in ponds.

Unlike crops, which could use a good steady soaking, Rees says stock ponds could use both a soaking rain and also a runoff rainfall so they can be recharged. Rees says our current drought points up a significant difference in ranching operations for eastern and western Kansas.


The area's winter wheat crop is struggling with the continued dry conditions. Rees says winter wheat typically does well in marginal moisture, but it's now too dry for wheat to show much growth as warmer temperatures set in.

Moderate drought covers most of the KVOE listening area. Southwest Chase County and southeast Greenwood County are one step down in severe drought. Drought has been building through the winter after dry conditions began developing in late October and early November.

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