Field cracked and dry because of droughtThe Great Plains region continues to be ravaged by severe drought and wildfires. The already drought-plagued area wreaked havoc on crops and livestock production but this year’s wildfires are now taking forage. Kansas received 70 MPH winds, fueling wildfire conditions across the state, claiming the lives of cattle and other livestock.

The cause of a recent Kansas wildfire was a backfiring truck which caused a spark that quickly turned into a destructive fire in a matter of minutes. A producer in southwest Kansas reported losing 5,000 acres of grass and some newborn calves to the flames. With no rain the forecast, liquidation is on the minds of many Kansan producers.

Read more on the devastating drought and wildfires impacting the Great Plains.