Only in Kansas can a farmer go to bed complaining about a drought and wake up complaining about flooding. So it happened across much of western Kansas beginning Friday evening.
Reports I’ve gotten range from 2 1/2 inches to more than 8 inches and most in a relatively short amount of time.
This weekend a friend who farms and ranches in Scott County and Gove County sent these cellphone pics from some of his properties.
In all the years I’ve chased pheasants and deer out there I’ve never seen a drop of water in the White Woman Creek. I’m guessing the water must be eight-feet-deep or better where this photo was taken.
He also sent a photo of the Smoky Hill River. This bridge is immediately south of the Chalk Pyramids so many of you may have been over the same bridge. This photo is looking west from the bridge. The most water I’ve seen in the past is a 50-yard shallow pool under the bridge. It was still really ripping as of Sunday evening.
The big question out there was how much water soaked into the ground where it’s surely needed for this year’s planting of wheat.
Closer to home we had two-inches of rain in most places of the Wichita area and it fell gently. That should mean a good start for farmer’s wheat locally. It could also give deer and geese some valuable food this winter.
Speaking for selfish reasons, it is too bad the heavy, fast rains didn’t fall a few more counties to the east. That would have put them over the Walnut and Rattlesnake drainages and possibly put some serious water in Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira.