The Kansas Agriculture Department will conduct a survey around May 1 in an attempt to document yield losses so the state can seek emergency disaster declarations for the counties affected.
The story is not as dramatic in all of farm country, because much of the Midwest has yet to put a crop in the ground. Old Man Winter has been reluctant to leave and the frigid temperatures, rain and snow have farmers behind schedule.
Only six of the 15 cotton states have begun planting. Of the farmers in the top producing states only Texas and Georgia are on the move. Overall, 9 percent of the work is done which is 3 percent behind last year.
Weather has put the kybosh on most of the spring wheat planting. Only 6 percent is completed which is 3 percent behind last year but 9 percent behind the 5-year average of 15 percent.
An early spring snowstorm in the plains damaged a portion of the nation's Winter wheat crop but 55 percent is still rated as good to excellent. According to USDA statistics, a big freeze hit the Winter wheat crop in 1997 and the bins still filled up with over 500 million bushels.