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Drought Blamed For Kansas Horse Disease

Dec 26, 2012
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A bacterial disease more commonly seen in the dry Southwest is infecting a large number of horses in Kansas.

Veterinarians at Kansas State University blame the outbreak of pigeon fever on the persistent drought and this year's unusually hot summer.

Professor of equine medicine Laurie Beard says pigeon fever is painful for horses but not usually fatal. The disease causes muscles abscesses, most commonly in the pectoral muscles. That gives an infected horse a pigeon-like swollen chest. Pigeon fever is caused by bacteria found in soil.

Emergency Planning Begins For Continuing Drought

Dec 18, 2012

While emergency management workers are preparing for snow and ice, state officials are urging water districts to update their plans for water conservation. All Kansas counties are under a drought emergency, and the drought is predicted to last into 2013. Kansas Water Office director Tracy Streeter says most of the state's public water supply systems already have conservation plans, but cities and rural water districts should update their drought plans based on their experiences this past year.

Drought Taking Big Bite Out Of Kansas Cattle Herds

Oct 29, 2012

The extended drought is prompting cattle farmers across Kansas to sell some or all of their herds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week that the number of cattle sent to Kansas feedlots in September was the lowest on record for that month, down 25 percent from September 2011.

The number of cattle sold by feedlots to packers in Kansas fell 17 percent from a year ago and tied for the worst month ever.

The cattle industry expected the steep drop in cattle as drought ruined pastures, dramatically increasing the cost of feed.

Drought Dwindles Water Levels At Nuclear Power Plant

Aug 28, 2012

The continuing drought is causing concern about operating the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant.

Officials say the dwindling water levels of a reservoir used to cool the plant near Burlington do not pose any safety risk.

The Kansas Water Office projects the John Redmond Reservoir will be almost dry by November 1, if current weather patterns persist.

Wolf Creek officials say it would be difficult to operate the plant if the drought continues for the next several months.

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The federal government has declared a disaster in 82 Kansas counties because of the drought conditions.

The heat and a lack of rain have taken a toll on agriculture in the state.

The decision makes assistance available to farmers and ranchers.

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