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Despite Recent Rains, Kansas Crops and Pastures Suffer

Spotty rain showers across much of the state this week were too little to improve drought conditions in western Kansas.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that dryland farm crops and pastures are still suffering from lack of rain. The agency said it has received reports of failed corn and sorghum crops in areas missed by the rain, as well as fields damaged by hail or wind.

The condition of this season's corn crop has declined; 30 percent is in poor or very poor shape, almost 40 percent is in fair condition, and just 28 percent is in good shape.

Sorghum crops also are hurting. About 21 percent is reported in poor condition, and only 34 percent is in good shape.