Kansas' crop losses reach US$1.8B amid continuing drought, officials say; US$1B of corn acres, US$269M of wheat have been lost
November 15, 2011
– Kansas agriculture officials say crop losses caused by the continuing drought have reached $1.8 billion.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture had previously estimated drought losses at $1.7 billion.
The Hutchinson News reports that corn acres have lost $1 billion, while the wheat crop lost to drought was valued at $269 million.
The agriculture department says 85 percent of the state remains in some type of drought, with about 57 percent of the state in a severe drought or greater. About 15 percent of the state, mostly in the southwestern part of Kansas, is in extreme drought.
Meanwhile, the Risk Management Agency has paid $515 million in indemnity payments for crop losses this year. That's an increase from $375 million three weeks ago.
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