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Heat Wave Affecting Livestock

A heat wave engulfing Kansas for the next few days is threatening cattle in the state‘s feedlots while further stressing crops already struggling with drought conditions.

Feedlot owners are making preparations to cope with triple-digit temperatures expected across much of the state.

Livestock producers are expecting the heat index for livestock to reach emergency levels today into the weekend. Producers are preparing for the heat in various ways. Many are removing all manure, so that workers can wet the cattle down to lower the temperature in pens. Others are also postponing feeding til late afternoon. Kansas farmers expect the heat to cause some yield losses to spring-planted crops, such as corn.

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