The drought of 2012 is worsening:
Kansas Town Stuggles to Deal With 115 Degrees - Jack Healy via NYTimes.com
The grinding drought that transformed much of the West into a tinderbox has all but choked off the growing season here. Farmers say rainfall totals are five to seven inches below normal — a withering deficit — and many have not plowed under their old crops to plant new rows of wheat, corn and milo.
On Saturday, Mr. Trexler loaded three heifers into a maroon trailer and trundled them 70 miles to Oakley to sell them.
“We’re just going to have to sell,” said his son Brad, 58. “There’s no way out. Every time they take a bite of that grass, it’s gone. It doesn’t come back. There’s nothing to farm right now. Nothing will grow.”
As temperatures soared over the past week, farmers woke at dawn to haul tank after tank of water to their overheated livestock. With the grasses scorched by heat and no rain in sight, many are debating whether to sell their cows quickly, rather than buy expensive feed to sustain them all summer.
“I don’t know what do to,” Gail Hofstetter, 59, said as he ate lunch with a friend. Across the table, Rod Belleau, another farmer, offered a grim forecast.
“We’ve still got two more months of this crap,” he said.
The long-term forecast for the region seems to agree.
Here’s the 10 day forecast for Hill City, Kansas: