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Born report Jeff Flock.
And this year drought spreading foreign -- the entire state of Kansas seeing levels of moderate drought or worse and it's costing the state many millions of dollars we are joined now by.
Sam Brownback the governor of Kansas on the phone from to -- Government take it state wide -- up and already 82 counties in your state or disaster zones of how bad is it.
It's bad cookware hit.
And it doesn't look quite gonna have any decent long term relief we just got too much heat and not enough moisture.
You could -- take some of the heat -- we you'd get more this year.
But where but we're just not of them -- interesting thing actually is.
It has some of it still is green out there these crop genetics have improved so much they can take a lot more drought and heat.
But not this much.
Now that last year your your state it cost at one point eight billion dollars.
Because of the drought a year ago do you think that figure one -- -- will be even bigger number this year.
Has the potential down and I think for us close the week crop was explained and came off before the drought -- we have nearly 400 million bushels of wheat is not a good crop for us.
The big hit for us is actually cattle we get -- -- 60% of our cash receipts and agriculture from cattle.
And you drive that corn prices to update dollars a bushel it really hit you on your income for cattle which corn the main income or -- Input costs.
For the cattle so so the higher corn cost is a fact for the cattle march housing dying because of the heat how they protect the cattle.
What yeah they're they're pretty tough critter.
And they'll get in the -- you know -- -- most of the day in and start -- and foraging at night day were having.
Some problems with -- some problems with blue green algae and some of the farm on.
But you know really -- those details lack of -- that happening when they just don't gain as much in the heat and then they take.
Take longer to really get to market.
It surprises me that an -- when we have the wonder -- -- some -- supercomputer in Europe on the iPad we still can't make it rain are there any technological solutions that you guys are trying.
Do technological solution Israel had been on the genetics of corn and and us soybean there's been genetic engineering it's made these crops.
This year will have some court in places where twenty years ago you'd get you wouldn't get any thing.
That's really been the alterations that restores in the atmosphere.
Yeah all right now you got 82 counties in disaster -- -- you're requesting 37 more counties.
And that will then qualify them as well for federal aid when you expect an answer on that.
I would expect recent federal government -- been excellent on release seen -- grazing land for conservation reserve program about getting our responses back.
I've been preparation and I would expect that that.
Near term we would have all the counties approved by US.
-- wonderful all right Republican -- -- Democrat administration helping Republican governor thank you very much for being let us governor Brownback have a good day sir.
Thank you do --
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