STORM TRACKER August 2013
The first half of August ranked as the 9th coldest such period on record. Then an abrupt pattern change occurred bringing much warmer air into the area. So much so, that the second half of the month... Posted on 9/4/13 at 10:17 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Too hot, too dry, too long
I talked with a veteran farmer today. He received about half an inch of rain Thursday.
The rain helped his soybeans a little, he said.
"But we need a lot more rain in the next few days. And even if ... Posted on 8/30/13 at 11:37 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER USDA provides drought loans to farmers
Farmers in 26 Minnesota counties affected by drought are eligible for federal loans.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the loan program Friday, putting local Farm Service Agency offices in... Posted on 10/26/12 at 10:43 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Farm Update
I like to give readers a little slice of the farm on occasion. Some people farmed much of their lives and then retired while others grew up on the farm so both groups have memories that occupy... Posted on 9/1/12 at 6:20 AM
STAFF BLOG THE AREA VOICES COMMUNITY Living with Water: Your thoughts and experiences wanted.
It was almost hard to believe. Last month while we visited my husband's parents in Iowa, we ran into an old neighbor of theirs who has since moved to Texas. He and his wife moved there to be closer to... Posted on 8/7/11 at 7:08 AM
The Army Corps of Engineers expects higher-than-normal runoff in the Missouri River basin next year, but the system of dams along the river will still have minimum flows to recover from drought last year.
The late-summer drought is deepening in central Minnesota, according to data released Thursday. The new U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that several counties in central Minnesota are now in a severe drought.
Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.
As drought conditions return to Minnesota, authorities warned Thursday that the wildfire danger is rising throughout much of the state. A weekly update from the U.S. Drought Monitor showed a new area of moderate drought centered on Carlton and northern Pine counties in eastern Minnesota
Rural Minnesota residents and state regulators are facing challenges in keeping up with demand for water as they deal with a prolonged drought, a thirst for job-creating growth and the prospect that current water practices in some areas are unsustainable.
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