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sw363535
Honored Advisor

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's worst drought in decades has worsened in parts of the nation's midsection, further frustrating ranchers and growers of winter wheat in Kansas and Oklahoma.

 

The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly update posted Thursday shows that 60 percent of the land in the lower 48 states is experiencing some degree of drought as of Tuesday. That's down less than a percentage point from the previous week.

 

But the nation's worst drought in decades intensified in Kansas, the top U.S. producer of winter wheat. Thursday's update shows that the expanse of that state in extreme or exceptional drought - the two worst classifications - rose roughly 6 percentage points, to 83.8 percent.

 

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ECIN
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Re: the big picture

Oh come on here SW ! Whats with the doom and Gloom here on a Sunday Moring ? Haven't you read that all the EXPERT'S are say'n we will raise another record crop this year ??? What does alittle rain have to do with it ? BT good Post !
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wt510151
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Just feel fortunate, you're not in NE (95.74). Who knows how many cow herds are going to be dispersed from this state if they don't have enough hay on hand over this winter, not to mention their own winter wheat and recharging of the acquifer.

 

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sw363535
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wt,

 

I thought last sumer it went east enough to hope it was slipping on that way for the future(and maybe out to sea by 2013).  But actually this map looks like the only thing we have accomplished in 15 months is shoving the heart of it 400 miles north.  

What does the 95.74 stand for?

Cows being sold in Western nebr---I have heard stories.

Neighbor took 5 calves to market and brought home 4 young pairs and $500.

Cattle are in a real screwy spot.  We need all the numbers we can get and can't grow the numbers.

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