For the week ending Sept. 13, continued warm, dry weather advanced field crop maturity, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota Field Office, Sept. 14. Temperatures were near normal for much of the week. Most areas recorded no precipitation; however, midweek storms brought heavy rain and some hail to parts of the southeast. Producers continued seeding winter wheat, cutting silage, working livestock, and preparing for harvest. There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.
California continues to experience a massive drought, which enables wildfires to expand more rapidly. Last week’s heat wave led to a further increase of burned acreages and resulted in Governor issuing a state of emergency. Firefighters continue to battle the many wildfires in the state. West of the state’s capital Sacramento, the Valley Fire in Lake County has burned more than 61,000 acres since it began on Saturday. To the East of Sacramento, the Butte Fire has burned more than 71,000 acres since it began last Wednesday.
The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Sept. 6. Hot and dry weather quickly pushed crops into maturity, although much of the corn and soybean fields remained stressed from the lack of sufficient moisture. Temperatures soared up in the mid-90s for many parts of the state, browning pastures and stressing livestock. Spotty rain showers provided some relief to dry areas, but overall the state remained dry.
Farmers in 44 counties across Upstate New York are eligible for federal disaster aid after suffering 2015 crop losses from extreme weather that included flash floods, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The crop losses were the result of excessive rain, high winds, hail, lightning and tornadoes that occurred between May 1 and July 14, according to USDA Secretary, who authorized the disaster declaration.
Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Monty Hobbs would like citizens to be informed of low interest loans for agricultural losses due to the Spring storms and flooding. Invoked in this time frame are losses incurred from May 4 to June 22, 2015. On July 21, 2015 United States President declared Red River County as a primary natural disaster area.
Dry conditions with moderate temperatures allowed producers in Illinois 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.23 inches, 0.57 inches below normal for the week ending August 30. The average temperature was 66.5 degrees, 7.0 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3% very short, 24% short, 67% adequate, and 6% surplus.
This year's AIAG congress will take place from 27 to 30 September 2015 in Kansas City, USA, and will be the first time the event is hosted outside Europe. Its key theme will be "Private public partnerships and new technologies to secure food supply". A large number of international speakers will provide interesting insights into current issues.
Much-needed precipitation through the U.S. heartland this year has replenished soil moisture, refilled ponds and promises to boost crop yields, thanks to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, according to Iowa State University agricultural climatologist. And the benefits for the Midwest may continue into 2016. El Niño is associated with a warming of Pacific Ocean water, and tends to bring warmer, drier conditions to the northwest United States and cooler, wetter conditions to the Plains.
Warm, dry and smoky weather prevailed throughout Montana much of the week ending Aug. 30, but a few areas received thunderstorms that produced decent moisture in some areas and damaging hail in others, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office, Aug. 31. Reporters commented that more precipitation will be needed in the coming weeks to ensure good winter wheat seeding conditions. Harvest of small grains continues with 93 percent of barley, 68 percent of durum wheat, 77 percent of oats, and 85 percent of spring wheat harvested this week.
The ongoing drought in California is not relenting - taking 30% more agricultural acres and workers out of production this year than it did in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report issued by the University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. In 2015, the state of California's agricultural economy will lose $1.84 billion and 10,100 jobs, with the Central Valley being hit the hardest.
California’s annual almond harvest is running at full throttle, and area growers are busy collecting the crunchy brown nuts that comprise San Joaquin County’s No. 2 cash crop behind only wine grapes. While generally good growing conditions were reported for this season, initial indications are yields are down from previous years. A principal of Travaille & Phippen in Manteca, counts himself lucky.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service Aug. 17 report, topsoil moisture supplies in Minnesota were rated at 16 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated at 13 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Locally, recent rainfall has been variable around the region. Minnesota’s corn condition rated 88 percent good to excellent and the soybean crop was rated 80 percent good to excellent.
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