WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated seven more Kansas counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas because of the drought. They are Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick, Wilson and Woodson counties.

They join 70 other counties that already earned that title this year. Farmers and ranchers in those 70 counties and the counties that border them qualify for emergency loans. See the chart below to find your county.

The USDA uses the U.S. Drought Monitor to see which counties have the most intense drought. The current U.S. Drought Monitor map shows every Kansas county has reason to be concerned.

In the map below, the deep red indicates areas of exceptional drought. It covers 33.42% of the state. The red, 24.84% of the state, indicates extreme drought. Orange means severe drought. It covers 21.05% of Kansas. Tan shows moderate drought in 13.25% of the state. And the yellow in north-central Kansas represents abnormally dry. It covers 7.44% of the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor uses white to indicate no dryness or drought.

If you click through the slideshow above, you will see the U.S. Drought Monitor maps from last month, last year, five years ago and 10 years ago.

The USDA Farm Service Agency emergency loans can be used for drought recovery needs such as livestock equipment, refinancing of certain debts, and reorganization.

When reviewing the loans, the FSA will consider an ag producer’s extent of losses, security available, and repayment ability.

The chart below shows the dates that the USDA designated counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas or as neighboring counties. The last column in the table represents the application deadline.

Primary Natural Disaster Areas:

CountyDate designated as primary countyDates designated as contiguous countyApplication deadline
AllenOct. 27Sept. 19May 8, 2023
AndersonOct. 27May 8, 2023
Atchison
BarberApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
BartonApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
BourbonOct. 27Aug. 31, Sept. 19May 8, 2023
Brown
ButlerOct. 27April 26, Oct. 11, Oct. 27May 9, 2023
ChaseOct. 27May 8, 2023
ChautauquaApril 26Oct. 11April 24, 2023
CherokeeAug. 31April 26April 3, 2023
CheyenneApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
ClarkApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
ClayApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
CloudApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
CoffeyOct. 27May 8, 2023
ComancheApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
CowleyApril 26Oct. 11, Oct. 27May 8, 2023
CrawfordAug. 31April 26, Sept. 19, Oct. 27May 8, 2023
DecaturApril 26April 28Dec. 19, 2022
DickinsonApril 28May 1Dec. 22, 2022
Doniphan
Douglas
EdwardsApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
ElkOct. 11April 26, Oct. 27May 8, 2023
EllisApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
EllsworthApril 26April 28, May 1Dec. 22, 2022
FinneyApril 26May 1, May 24Jan. 6, 2023
FordApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
Franklin
GearyApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
GoveMay 1April 26, May 24Jan. 6, 2023
GrahamMay 1April 26, April 28Dec. 22, 2022
GrantApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
GrayApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
GreeleyApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
GreenwoodOct. 11, Oct. 27May 8, 2023
HamiltonApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
HarperApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
HarveyOct. 27April 26, May 1, Oct. 27May 9, 2023
HaskellApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
HodgemanMay 1April 26Dec. 22, 2022
Jackson
Jefferson
JewellApril 26, April 28Dec. 19, 2022
Johnson
KearnyApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
KingmanMay 1April 26, Oct. 27May 8, 2023
KiowaApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
LabetteApril 26Aug. 31, Sept. 19April 10, 2023
LaneMay 24April 26, May 1Jan. 6, 2023
Leavenworth
LincolnApril 28April 26, May 1Dec. 22, 2022
LinnOct. 27May 8, 2023
LoganApril 26, May 1Dec. 22, 2022
Lyon
MarionApril 28, May 1, Oct. 27, Oct. 27May 9, 2023
MarshallApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
McPhersonMay 1April 26, April 28, Oct. 27May 9, 2023
MeadeApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
Miami
MitchellApril 28April 26Dec. 19, 2022
MontgomeryApril 26Sept. 19, Oct. 11, Oct. 27May 8, 2023
MorrisApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
MortonApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
NemahaApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
NeoshoSept. 19April 26, Aug. 31, Oct. 27May 8, 2023
NessMay 1April 26, May 24Jan. 6, 2023
NortonApril 28, June 23April 26, May 1Jan. 31, 2023
Osage
OsborneApril 26April 28Dec. 19, 2022
OttawaApril 28May 1Dec. 22, 2022
PawneeApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
PhillipsJune 23April 26, April 28, May 1Jan. 31, 2023
PottawatomieApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
PrattApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
RawlinsApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
RenoApril 26May 1, Oct. 27, Oct. 27May 9, 2023
RepublicApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
RiceApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
RileyApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
RooksApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
RushApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
RussellApril 26April 28Dec. 19, 2022
SalineMay 1April 26, April 28Dec. 19, 2022
ScottApril 26May 1, May 24Jan. 6, 2023
SedgwickOct. 27April 26, May 1, Oct. 27May 9, 2023
SewardApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
Shawnee
SheridanApril 26April 28, May 1Dec. 22, 2022
ShermanApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
SmithApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
StaffordApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
StantonApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
StevensApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
SumnerApril 26May 1, Oct. 27May 8, 2023
ThomasApril 26May 1Dec. 22, 2022
TregoMay 1April 26Dec. 22, 2022
WabaunseeApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
WallaceApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
WashingtonApril 28Dec. 19, 2022
WichitaApril 26Dec. 8, 2022
WilsonOct. 27April 26, Sept. 19, Oct. 11May 8, 2023
WoodsonOct. 27Sept. 19May 8, 2023
Wyandotte
Source: USDA

The 13 Kansas counties that have not qualified yet for natural disaster emergency loans because of drought are Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lyon, Miami, Osage, Shawnee, and Wyandotte.