Parts of western Kansas haven’t had precipitation for the past five months before the rain on Sunday night.
“It’s a dramatic step in the right direction,” said Randall Currie, a weed scientist with Kansas State University.
For western Kansas, the rain couldn’t have come soon enough.
“So we were so excited,” said Kearny County farmer Gary Millershaski. “They said on the radio we were going to get a quarter to a half an inch, and man, oh this is going to be good, this is going to be good!”
Millershaski’s fields only saw nine-hundredths of an inch of rain.
“Our last substantial rain, and we call a substantial rain if it’s ten hundredths or more, was on the tenth of October.”
After more than five months of drought, any amount is welcome.
“This wheat out here looks a lot better now that what it did the other day when the wind was gusting 60 miles an hour, and so it did some good.”
“A little bit more would have been better,” said Currie, “but this might be enough to connect up the lack of moisture on the top to the moisture on the bottom, to allow the root structure to kind of allow the plant to grow better.”
Millershaski is grateful for what little rain he did get, but at this point in the season, farmers are hoping for as much growth as they can get.
“If we don’t get any more rain then what we’ve gotten in the last six months,” said Millershaski, “there probably won’t be a harvest.”