Stuck in the Mud

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John Kueser checks on cattle Monday as Ellsworth County ranchers await another winter storm predicted to move into central Kansas Tuesday and dump as much as six inches of snow. Ice also was included in the forecast.

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MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

John Kueser’s father, Terry, said he had not seen mud like this since 1993. That was the year persistent rains pushed rivers across the state out of their banks and caused numerous flooding issues both in the country and in towns.

Ranchers and their cattle fight this year’s muck

It’s been a hard winter for local ranchers like Terry Kueser. Cold temperatures, wet weather and mud. Lots of thick, sticky mud hamper Terry’s efforts to feed the commercial cattle herd he manages with his son, John, near Ellsworth.

“It’s been terribly hard,” Kueser said.“It’s been so damp.”

After months of dry, droughtlike conditions, moisture returned to the area this past summer and throughout the latter parts of 2018, replenishing farm ponds and pastures. But the precipitation the area needed for so long refuses to let up, challenging even the most experienced cattlemen.



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