His worst harvest in 40 years: Kansas farmer says drought stole most of his crops
Eastern Kansas farmer Keith Miller says he harvested the worst crops he ever raised in more than 40 years.
“Soybeans were down in the 7-10 range. Milo was from the 20 to 50 (bushels per acre) range.”
Miller tells Brownfield the drought has persisted for more than a year and it’s also affecting the winter wheat crop. “We didn’t get enough moisture all summer and we still don’t have all of our wheat up yet. We’re done planting, but we could sure use some more rain.”
He says he’s taking a major risk planting wheat into dry soils but doesn’t have many options. “I like right next to a wildlife refuge and wheat has the least amount of problems for us. The wildlife really work on the fall crops.”
Miller sells hay and says drought has created the tightest market he’s ever seen.