Drought cuts into hay land

National News

July 18, 2018 - 11:00 PM

KNS — Cattle producers in drought-stricken Kansas counties may now cut hay or graze on land normally set aside for conservation.

Forty-three counties in central and northeastern Kansas that are in “severe drought” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor were authorized for emergency grazing and haying. That gives ranchers limited access to grass or hay from land enrolled in the conservation reserve program or CRP.

Kansas Farm Service Agency conservation specialist Rod Winkler said farmers were given this access because droughts have slowed the growth of the grasses the cattle normally graze.

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