According to the latest drought monitor provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, approximately 55% of the state is experiencing at least moderate drought conditions, including at least part of 52 of the state’s 72 counties. Included in that total is 8% of the state, including at least parts of 14 counties in southeastern Wisconsin as well as Vernon and Crawford counties, currently experiencing severe drought conditions.
Despite some rain in the forecast for Thursday, Minnesota is experiencing drought conditions. The beginning of June this year has been one of the hottest on record for Minnesota, but farmers and grain buyers, at least in southern Minnesota, are fortunate for the rain that came before the excessive heat.
Lake Meade is the reservoir which was created by the Hoover Dam. It gives 25 million people access to water and on June 9, it was measured at 1,071.57 feet above sea level. That was its lowest level...ever. And it isn’t expected to stop there. A University of Las Vegas-Nevada professor told a local paper that the water level is expected to continue declining until November.
More than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks, starting June 15, for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program and for producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks starting June 15 for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program and for producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+).
The Arkansas Farm Bureau is reporting widespread devastation in Southeastern Arkansas counties. The AFB says an early survey of the damage shows more than $300,000,000 in crop losses after heavy rains flooded farms in the region. “It seems like these 100 year events occur every two years now,” said Jay Coker, a farmer in Arkansas Co.
Fire blight is a bacterial pathogen that spreads easily during blooming season. It has the potential to kill not just individual apple trees, but entire orchards. It is of course not a new problem for apple growers, but it has been looming larger as the climate crisis brings longer, warmer and rainier springs that expand the window for it to infect trees.
Crops are digging deeper to find moisture in soil profiles as northwest Wisconsin is inching closer to drought conditions. "Shallow rooted systems, some like soybeans, will start to show some stress relatively soon if it doesn't rain simply because the root system is a little bit more shallow," said Jerry Clark, agriculture agent with the UW-Madison Extension of Chippewa County.
Poor crop yields and less hay being grown in California have diminished availability of the fodder, with dairy farmers and livestock ranchers facing sticker shock as they scramble to secure enough supply to feed their animals. Farmers and brokers say organic hay has been particularly hard to find, due to higher demand from organic dairy farmers in the North Bay, whose grazing season has been cut short by drought and dry pastures.
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