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  • Frequently Asked Questions on Crop Insurance & Drought-Damaged Crops 
    A fact sheet from
    USDA RMA  Updated July 18, 2012!
    Deals with such questions as: "What Should A Policyholder Do When Crops Are Drought-Damaged?"; "I Want To Discontinue Irrigating My Failing Crop. Must I Continue To Irrigate In Order To Maintain My Crop Insurance Coverage?"; "Should I Continue To Care For Drought- Damaged Crops?"; "I Have a Multi-Year Water Allocation. Will I Be Required to Irrigate Beyond the Annual Amount In Order To Maintain My Crop Insurance Coverage?"; "Can Irrigation Water Be Diverted?"; "Do I Need To Wait To Divert Water Until Instructed To Do So By The Company?"; "Is There an RMA Claims Adjustment Procedure Regarding Water Diversion?".

  • U.S. Drought Portal (www.drought.gov) New link!
    The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) has developed the U.S. Drought Portal as an integrated site to provide early warning about emerging and anticipated droughts, assimilate data about droughts and models, provide information about risk and impact of droughts to different agencies and stakeholders, provide information about past droughts for comparison and to understand current conditions, and explain how to plan for and manage the impacts of droughts. 

  • Kansas Weekly Drought Update: By the Kansas Water Office New link!
    The Climate and Drought Update is produced at least monthly as a climate summary to reflect conditions in the State. When conditions warrant updates will be posted more frequently. 

  • Valuing Corn Silage By Michael Vogt, Marshall County Extension Agent Updated!
    Spreadsheet for estimating the value of corn and the forage and estimate silage yield.

  • KSU-SilageValue.xls By Kevin Dhuyvetter, KSU Agricultural Economist Updated!
    Spreadsheet for estimating the value of corn silage based upon the price of corn and adjusting for harvest costs.


  • KAMS: Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services New link!
    KAMS serves agriculturists across the state by mending fences through problem solving and dispute resolution. The drought may be stretching your capabilities. KAMS can help. If you have any questions about how KAMS can assist, please just give us a call. Services are available to all involved in Kansas agriculture. Toll free: 1-800-321-3276

  • Management of Drought Corn By Doug Shoup and  Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, KSU Agronomists
    Deals with several issues, including nutrient removal; nitrogen credit; nitrate toxicity to livestock; soybean for forage; estimating corn yields; and corn aflatoxins.

  • Crop Moisture Index (CMI) - (From National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center)

  • 2011 Drought Options: A fact sheet from Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources
    Water users in drought areas of Kansas have been in contact with our office concerning potential relief from the drought. The drought, with its extraordinarily low winter moisture and on-going nature, has resulted in many irrigators having insufficient remaining allocation to complete irrigation of their crops. To cease pumping when the maximum quantity is reached could result in a greatly reduced yield, a waste of the water that was already pumped and a waste of the energy that it took to pump the water. Two options for these water users needing additional pumping authorization are summarized. These options are intended to prevent crop failure while insuring the additional pumping will not worsen aquifer declines. While these alternatives are designed principally for irrigation, non-irrigation uses of water can also apply for use of either of these pro-grams.

  • Noble Foundation - (Drought information from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation)

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