So far, Dodge City is more than two inches behind its normal rainfall average. It's nearly half an inch below the monthly average.


   So far, Dodge City is more than two inches behind its normal rainfall average. It's nearly half an inch below the monthly average.
    It's the same story all across southwest Kansas, and this is not good for the winter-wheat crop.
    Clark County Extension Agent Tanner Gillum said the wheat crop is struggling.
    "It's looking pretty poor. Especially farther down in our country, and it's really gone backwards in the last seven to ten days," he said Friday. "We're just seeing a lot of brown patches out in the field. It's really showing a lot of drought stress, and some of it's looking like it's dying out."
    But everything comes down to rain, which may be on the way with a 30 percent chance of showers Sunday and a 40 percent chance Monday.
    "We're going to need any substantial rain, but it's not going to cure the problem," he said. "Some of the wheat is in a condition that it may be a little too far gone."
    The reality is, some crops might not be worth harvesting.
    "We'll probably see some insurance adjusters," Gillum said. "They'll adjust it and decide if there is a viable crop out there or if it's not going to produce anything — whether it's going to be cost prohibitive to pull in equipment and harvest it or not."
    Ford County, however, is looking better than Clark County, he said.
    "It's definitely across the board in southwest Kansas. It's looking really rough," he said. "Some of it's farther gone, but if we catch this rain it sure may bounce back."

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