Kansas farmer says there’s no easy management decision during drought

A Western Kansas farmer says another year of drought is forcing him to shift his crop management plan in hopes of raising a successful crop.

Rick Schlender tells Brownfield says there isn’t an easy decision. “I’m hedging.  I have marginal ground that I did have plans to put corn in, but I may move it over to some heavier soils just hoping to get some rain and sustain it through the growing season.”

He says he doesn’t like cutting corners for crop nutrition, but “We made some changes in our herbicide plans just so we could have an alternative to another crop if we foresee that we can’t get enough moisture to put corn in the ground.”

Schlender says he started planting corn earlier this month, but stopped because it was too dry.

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