110 Under Sunny Skies

Kansas Viewpoint

Driving across Kansas, the northern green is lovely but the heat is a threat

Published on: July 20, 2011
The governor is having a "water summit" on Thursday, so I drove out to Colby this afternoon -- a chance to drive across sunny Kansas and see the land as it looks along I-70, the more or less dividing line between somewhat green and burned up.

As I drove east to west, the temperature climbed, topping out at about 110 degrees about 4:30 when I left Hays.

There is green to be seen, even in dryland fields this far north, but it is rapidly disappearing as triple-digit heat, brisk winds and no rain continue day after day. I saw a couple of soybean fields with big streaks of yellow running through them. 

It's sad to see fields that looked so promising just a couple of weeks ago taking a hit.

We'll keep hoping for a break in this pattern that will help farmers hang on.

Watch for more on what the governor has in mind for water rights on this blog and on the Kansas Farmer website news section.