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.
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.
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.