drought http://hppr.org en Cattle move north for water http://hppr.org/post/cattle-move-north-water <p>The U.S. cattle herd has <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/midwest-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-country">changed dramatically over the last four years</a>, largely thanks to drought.</p><p>The supply of beef has been in free-fall. Perhaps you’ve noticed sky-high prices for hamburger and steak. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 33422 at http://hppr.org Cattle move north for water Drought re-shaping the cattle map http://hppr.org/post/drought-re-shaping-cattle-map <p>Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado">from California to Colorado</a> and <a href="http://lubbockonline.com/agriculture/2014-03-02/texas-trails-nebraska-number-cattle-feeding#.U5dGJPmwJcQ">from Texas to Nebraska</a> seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Grant Gerlock 33184 at http://hppr.org Drought re-shaping the cattle map Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains http://hppr.org/post/drought-hammers-winter-wheat-across-plains <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Ariana Brocious 32960 at http://hppr.org Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains Kansas farmer sounds off on crop insurance and farm policy http://hppr.org/post/kansas-farmer-sounds-crop-insurance-and-farm-policy <p></p><p>As our present multi-year drought grinds on and on, I’m beginning to wonder if we missed the point—by a country mile—in our current farm policy.</p><p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32875 at http://hppr.org Kansas farmer sounds off on crop insurance and farm policy Drought takes its toll on the plains and the Gulf http://hppr.org/post/drought-takes-its-toll-plains-and-gulf <p></p><p>The drought is hammering fields, pastures, the Ogallala Aquifer, and Galveston Bay?&nbsp; <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/05/26/drought-possible-culprit-in-massive-fish-kill-on-gulf-coast/">StateImpact Texas</a> reported researchers suspect drought is causing the massive fish die off.&nbsp; Millions of shad have washed ashore recently.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32690 at http://hppr.org Drought takes its toll on the plains and the Gulf Rains improved drought conditions only in SW Oklahoma http://hppr.org/post/rains-improved-drought-conditions-only-sw-oklahoma <p></p><p>Oklahoma experienced very wet weather recently.&nbsp; That seems to have improved drought conditions, but only in the southwest according to the latest updates from The U.S. Drought Monitor noted a recent article by <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2014/05/29/drought-in-southwest-oklahoma-dented-but-not-dead-after-days-of-rain/">StateImpact Oklahoma</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32560 at http://hppr.org Rains improved drought conditions only in SW Oklahoma Abundant rains in NW Kansas not alleviating drought http://hppr.org/post/abundant-rains-nw-kansas-not-alleviating-drought <p></p><p>Thomas County had the most rain in the state of Kansas this month, but overall, it’s not alleviating the drought according to the <a href="http://www.gctelegram.com/news/AGLAND---rainfall-in-nw-KS-didn-t-live-up">Garden City Telegram</a>.</p><p> Sat, 31 May 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32548 at http://hppr.org Abundant rains in NW Kansas not alleviating drought Drought still taking toll on ranchers, beef prices http://hppr.org/post/drought-still-taking-toll-ranchers-beef-prices <p>California ranchers, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/14/302858835/drought-increased-demand-contribute-to-high-beef-prices">despite near-record beef prices</a>, are shrinking their cattle herds in response to one of the most severe droughts the state has ever faced, and many Western ranchers are taking advantage. Fri, 23 May 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jackie Fortier 32192 at http://hppr.org Drought still taking toll on ranchers, beef prices Over half of Kansas counties placed on Drought Declaration http://hppr.org/post/over-half-kansas-counties-placed-drought-declaration <p></p><p>More than half of Kansas counties were placed on the updated Drought Declaration by Gov. Sam Brownback this week.&nbsp; 105 counties are either in an emergency, warning or watch status according to the <a href="http://www.hdnews.net/news/droughtweb052114">Hays Daily News</a>.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 32191 at http://hppr.org Over half of Kansas counties placed on Drought Declaration Drier than the Dust Bowl http://hppr.org/post/drier-dust-bowl <p></p><p>Millard Fowler is a centenarian from the panhandle of Oklahoma.&nbsp; He remembers the 1930s when he was a young, newly married farmer.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 32028 at http://hppr.org Drier than the Dust Bowl Drought: Cyclic or foreshadowing? http://hppr.org/post/drought-cyclic-or-foreshadowing <p></p><p>Increasing temperatures and decreasing precipitation may not be cyclic.&nbsp; Dr. B.A. “Bob” Stewart recently released an analysis of data from 1895-2013 for the Texas High Plains.&nbsp; He found the area is getting warmer and drier, and the recent drought is not a temporary state <a href="http://www.wtamu.edu/news/temperature-pattern-indicates-texas-high-plains-becoming-warmer.aspx">according to a study by Dr. Stewart for WTAMU</a>.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 31865 at http://hppr.org Drought: Cyclic or foreshadowing? Drought sensitivity could reduce corn yields for years to come http://hppr.org/post/drought-sensitivity-could-reduce-corn-yields-years-come <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Corn plants in the United States have become more drought sensitive, not less.&nbsp; Yields have continued to increase because seed companies have developed genetic improvements allowing higher planting density.&nbsp; Drought sensitivity could drive yields down in the years to come unless companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, and DuPont successfully develop varieties that thrive in drought </span><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140501-corn-yields-drought-food-climate-science/" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported the National Geographic</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 31492 at http://hppr.org Drought sensitivity could reduce corn yields for years to come El Niño is on the way, and that could be good news for the Texas Panhandle http://hppr.org/post/el-ni-o-way-and-could-be-good-news-texas-panhandle <p>Forecasters say it looks like El Niño will reappear this fall.&nbsp; That usually means more rain for Texas, but one meteorologist says it will have mixed results in the Lone Star State reported <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/05/05/drought-buster-on-its-way-to-texas-not-so-fast-forecaster-says/">StateImpact Texas</a>.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 31494 at http://hppr.org El Niño is on the way, and that could be good news for the Texas Panhandle Drought and late April frost could decimate western Oklahoma wheat harvest http://hppr.org/post/drought-and-late-april-frost-could-decimate-western-oklahoma-wheat-harvest <p></p><p>Drought and a late April freeze could produce the worst wheat harvest in decades for the western part of Oklahoma history <a href="http://newsok.com/oklahoma-wheat-farmers-brace-for-poor-harvest/article/4744696/?page=2">reported The Oklahoman</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 31310 at http://hppr.org Drought and late April frost could decimate western Oklahoma wheat harvest What is drought doing to beef prices? http://hppr.org/post/what-drought-doing-beef-prices <p></p><p>Texas is the nation’s biggest beef-producing state, and as the state enters the fourth year of drought, ranchers, consumers, and grocers are feeling the effects reported <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/04/30/record-drought-takes-toll-dinner-tables/">The Texas Tribune</a>.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 31262 at http://hppr.org What is drought doing to beef prices? Drought area expands across the high plains http://hppr.org/post/drought-area-expands-across-high-plains <p></p><p>Drought conditions expanded in the central and southern Plains where winter wheat is struggling to grow according to the <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/">U.S. Drought Monitor report released this week</a>.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 30989 at http://hppr.org Drought area expands across the high plains Western Kansas drought scars run deep http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-drought-scars-run-deep <p>Even if you had no idea western Kansas was in the midst of a long-term drought, the scars are hard to miss.&nbsp; Corrals and roads are drifted with tumbleweeds.&nbsp; Irrigation ditches are bone dry.&nbsp; Fence rows are filled with drifted sand, and grass in the pastures has disappeared according to <a href="http://kansasagland.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=9447:drought-scars-evident-on-the-western-kansas-landscape&amp;catid=35:state-ag-news&amp;Itemid=84">a recent article from Kansas Agland</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 30617 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas drought scars run deep Winter Watering http://hppr.org/post/winter-watering <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A trip to the county extension office for a botanical diagnosis of a sickly tree branch paid off with reassurance that all was well. &nbsp;While I was there I was also served up a refresher course in wise watering practices for our consistently dry and thirsty area. &nbsp;We reviewed some things I knew about, but am sometimes lax in following. &nbsp;And I learned a thing or two about making every precious drop of moisture count, even when rainfall is skimpy. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Skip Mancini 28683 at http://hppr.org Winter Watering Tumbleweeds are thriving and causing problems http://hppr.org/post/tumbleweeds-are-thriving-and-causing-problems <p></p><p>There might not be enough rain for pastures, but in the Panhandle of Texas tumbleweeds are thriving. &nbsp;<a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-01-29/tumbleweeds-invade-texline-other-areas-drought-continues">The Amarillo Globe-News reported</a> some serious issues in Dallam and Hartley counties.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 27534 at http://hppr.org Tumbleweeds are thriving and causing problems Early season snowpack looks promising for drought-stressed rivers http://hppr.org/post/early-season-snowpack-looks-promising-drought-stressed-rivers <p>Midwest farmers that depend on recently drought-stressed rivers like the Platte, Republican, Niobrara, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi received some good news this week, along with Rocky Mountain skiers. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 26973 at http://hppr.org Early season snowpack looks promising for drought-stressed rivers Expert Worries Current Conditions Will Destroy Oklahoma’s Cattle Market http://hppr.org/post/expert-worries-current-conditions-will-destroy-oklahoma-s-cattle-market <p></p><p>Oklahoma ranks number five in the nation when it comes to the number of cattle, but years of drought and high market prices are fueling a sell-off, and experts worry that the $4.5 billion dollar industry is in a downward spiral that will be difficult to recover from according to an <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2014/01/14/the-economic-impact-of-a-bunch-of-thirsty-oklahoma-cows/">article from StateImpact Oklahoma</a>.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 26853 at http://hppr.org Expert Worries Current Conditions Will Destroy Oklahoma’s Cattle Market Good News on the Colorado Drought Front http://hppr.org/post/good-news-colorado-drought-front <p></p><p>Drought conditions have been downgraded for portions of eastern Colorado. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 26419 at http://hppr.org Good News on the Colorado Drought Front High Yield, Water Efficient Wheat http://hppr.org/post/high-yield-water-efficient-wheat <p></p><p>Drought tolerance in wheat has been increased through breeding over the years, but a group of Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research scientists in Amarillo wanted to determine what plant physiological characteristics were making the biggest difference.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 25709 at http://hppr.org High Yield, Water Efficient Wheat 2012 Drought Pinches Popcorn Sellers http://hppr.org/post/2012-drought-pinches-popcorn-sellers <p>U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory. Crops not irrigated were decimated and low supplies continue to force local candy shops and giant movie theater chains alike to pay high prices for the golden grain, biting into their profit margin.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:35:29 +0000 Peter Gray 25657 at http://hppr.org 2012 Drought Pinches Popcorn Sellers High Plains Drought Update: Late October Rains Helped Oklahoma Panhandle http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-drought-update-late-october-rains-helped-oklahoma-panhandle <p></p><p>Dry conditions continue across the High Plains listening region. &nbsp;Rain in southern Kansas slightly improved the abnormally dry conditions. &nbsp;Heavy rains on October 26 improved conditions in the Oklahoma panhandle according to the <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home.aspx"><strong>U.S. Drought Monitor</strong></a>. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 23844 at http://hppr.org High Plains Drought Update: Late October Rains Helped Oklahoma Panhandle Heat, Drought Draw Farmers Back To Sorghum, The 'Camel Of Crops' http://hppr.org/post/heat-drought-draw-farmers-back-sorghum-camel-crops Much of the world is turning hotter and dryer these days, and it's opening new doors for a water-saving cereal that's been called "the camel of crops": sorghum. In an odd twist, this old-fashioned crop even seems to be catching on among consumers who are looking for "ancient grains" that have been relatively untouched by modern agriculture.<p>Sorghum isn't nearly as famous as the big three of global agriculture: corn, rice and wheat. But maybe it should be. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 23717 at http://hppr.org Heat, Drought Draw Farmers Back To Sorghum, The 'Camel Of Crops' 15 More Years of Texas Drought? Say it isn’t so http://hppr.org/post/15-more-years-texas-drought-say-it-isn-t-so <p></p><p>Experts predict above-average temperatures and lower-than-normal moisture amounts will be seen in the months ahead &mdash; and possibly as much as 15 more years according to <strong><a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-10-07/experts-drought-could-drag-15-more-years">a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News</a></strong>.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 22727 at http://hppr.org 15 More Years of Texas Drought? Say it isn’t so High Plains Drought Update http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-drought-update <p></p><p>Recent rains and cooler temperatures have made a difference across the high plains.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 22430 at http://hppr.org High Plains Drought Update Report criticizes incentives in the Federal Crop Insurance Program http://hppr.org/post/report-criticizes-incentives-federal-crop-insurance-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers across the country received a record breaking 17.3 billion dollars in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. &nbsp;While the payments were critical for the financial well-being of farmers, the National Resource</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Defense Council</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has issued a <strong><a href="http://www.nrdc.org/media/2013/130827.asp?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NRDCPressReleases+%28NRDC+Press+Releases%29 (NRDC press release) http://www.nrdc.org/water/your-soil-matters/" target="_blank">report</a></strong> critical of the structure of the </span><a href="http://www.rma.usda.gov/fcic/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Federal Crop Insurance Program</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (FCIP).</span> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 05:43:03 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 21044 at http://hppr.org Report criticizes incentives in the Federal Crop Insurance Program Southeastern Colorado: Taking the Long View on a Long Drought http://hppr.org/post/southeastern-colorado-taking-long-view-long-drought-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rain and snow have eased most of Colorado's extreme drought conditions, but not southeastern Colorado reported&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.cpr.org/category/colorado_matters#load_article|Cattle_Ranching_Walloped_by_Persistent_Drought">Colorado Public Radio</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; And years of drought have taken their toil on the cattle industry.</span></p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 20860 at http://hppr.org Southeastern Colorado: Taking the Long View on a Long Drought