The Kansas Winter Wheat Tour made its way from Colby to Wichita Wednesday to check the state's wheat crop. Kansas Wheat Commission CEO Justin Gilpin headed the tour and talked from a stop in Cheney about what they saw. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle)
Greg Goodnight lost 14,500 of the 14,800 acres of grassland on his ranch, forcing him to sell his cattle that survived the fires that swept through Clark County. He discusses what it will mean for the ranch to have to sell the cattle early. (Video by Katherine Burgess / The Wichita Eagle)
4-H families from across the state and Oklahoma have taken in at least 85 calves orphaned by the fires that swept through Clark and Comanche counties, offering to raise them until they can be returned to their owners.
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, volunteers Robin Boos and Shawn Ryan fed some of the calves orphaned by wildfires, using a bottle to try to get them strong enough to move on. 4-H clubs from around the state have volunteered to feed and raise the calves until they can be returned to their owners. (Video by Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle)
After a few days of hot and windy conditions, the 2016 Kansas wheat harvest is underway. Tim Sommerhauser started by cutting the field of landowner Joe Goyer 5 miles east of Mulvane. (Video by Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle)
Chuck Holzwarth, owner of Holzwarth Flying service in Virden, Ill., talks about flying a crop duster. Area farmers are using their services because area fields are wet and ground rigs will damage crop yields.
The three-day tour of the state's wheat fields showed a potential for one of the decade's better harvests. After two days, the estimate was for 48 bushels per acre, 14 bushels per acre better than last year.
Low crop and cattle prices have cut farm incomes and are starting to push down the value of ag land. That affects farmers' ability to repay loans and take out new ones, which could force foreclosures and forced sales.