The drought is over - but what's next for farmers and businesses?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After more than 300 days of drought conditions in the Heartland, 41 Action News Meteorologist, Gary Lezak declared Monday that the drought has ended.

This year's snowfall and recent rains were finally enough to saturate the soil and end the drought.

"We've had so much rain and snow -- 31 inches of snow. The water levels are higher, the ponds have filled up and the reservoirs are up. The soil moisture has increased and everything is pointing to the drought being over," Lezak explained.

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Mark Tobin, with Tobin Lawn and Landscaping, is relieved to hear Gary declare that the drought has ended.

"That's great news. Homeowners still need to understand that they will likely still need to water their lawns," said Tobin.

Tobin said homeowners need to make sure their lawns are getting at least one inch of water a week.

He said most lawns that were scorched by the sun last summer are making a comeback and the grass is growing again.

Tobin advised homeowners to get a rain gage to make sure their lawns are getting the required moisture so their lawns will not dry up and turn brown like they did last summer during the drought.

Miami County farmer Nick Guetterman agreed the drought has ended. But he's not ready to predict that all is well for farmers.

"If we have a week or two without rain, we could slip right back into another drought," he said.

Even still, Guetterman said farmers are facing an ironic problem.

"Because we've had so much rain, the ground is so wet that we can't get our crops planted," he explained.

Guetterman plants wheat, corn and soybeans. The corn crop is usually planted in early April, but because the ground is so moist, he can't get the plow into the field.

"I predict a better summer than last year, but it all depends on the weather," he added.


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