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Despite the recent hot weather across Kansas, on Monday the drought emergency status was officially dropped for Eastern Kansas.
“We are thankful recent rains have helped remove 23 counties from a drought designation. Unfortunately, our state continues to battle drought as most of the state remains in some level of drought status,” said Gov. Sam Brownback.
Western Kansas continues to combat a losing drought battle. In fact, some areas of Western Kansas are still more than 10 inches of rain behind the seasonal average. This updated drought status has moved 20 counties into a warning, while 37 counties continue to be in a drought emergency.
It’s worth noting that all of these counties lie in the western half of our state.
“Our focus is to ensure communities, livestock producers and farmers have the available resources they need,” said Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas water office.
Counties still in drought emergency stage are eligible for emergency use of water from certain fishing lakes.
The rains in late July and early August were undoubtedly timely.
Solid crop yields are currently on track for Eastern Kansas by harvest time this year.