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Lasting effects of an ongoing drought


A cow-calf producer and feedlot operator from north-central Kansas says the ongoing drought conditions have changed how his farm operates.

Philip Weltmer from Smith County says he traditionally uses wheat straw for feed rations and bedding, but a poor crop caused him to switch to corn stalks.

“A lot of people have been using corn stalks a long time. It’s better bedding for us and it stays up.”

He says the drought also affected cattle pregnancy rates, calf weights and the overall nutrition of the cattle herd.

Lasting effects of an ongoing drought