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Kansas Farmers Less Profitable This Year

KSCB News - December 13, 2011 8:19 am

Lack of rain this past year has hurt many farmers’ bottom line but some said recent moisture is helping Kansas crops.

It has been a challenging year for some farmers in Kansas, mostly due to the lack of rain. farmers could not take advantage of higher commodity prices like those in Missouri.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said farm profits are expected to spike to 28 percent this year to $100.9 billion, but that is not the story in Kansas.

"If you don’t have much to sell, it doesn’t matter how much it’s selling for. The drought actually cost Kansas producers a little bit over $1.7 billion in crop loss, and that’s looking at your main crops in Kansas," said Chelsea Good, communications director for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Some farmers were able to avoid hitting the red with crop insurance.

Farmers have planted their winter crop and hope that the rain will help them have a better yield next year.


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