Agri View: Cloud Seeding for Rain

Dan Agri View, Drought, Environment, Water

Everett Griner talks about cloud seeding still being studied in today’s Agri View. Cloud Seeding for Rain You know, it was many years ago that farmers fought drought, and dry weather, by seeding the clouds. That is, they hired aviators to fly into what clouds existed to spray them with a designated chemical that would produce rain. It produced results, …


Scientist Say U.S. Climate Boundary Shifting East

Dan Drought, Environment, Industry News Release

Scientist say a climate boundary separating the east and west United States discovered more than 100 years ago has shifted 140 miles east. In a report published by Columbia University, scientist say global warming has pushed the boundary east, and could have significant implications on farming in the region. Scientist say that due to global-scale wind patterns, to the west …


Seven Counties in Alabama Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Alabama, Drought, Industry News Release

Assistance to Producers in Mississippi The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Bibb, Jefferson, Pickens, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are: Blount Etowah Marion Calhoun Fayette Perry Chilton …

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Southern Plains Drought Becoming “Rapidly Dire”

Dan Drought, Industry News Release, Weather

The latest Drought Monitor released Thursday suggests the situation in the Southern Plains is becoming “rapidly dire.” February 14th marked the 124th consecutive day without rain in Amarillo, Texas, and the 98th consecutive day without measurable precipitation for Lubbock, Texas. The western half of Oklahoma and northern Texas are classified in an extreme drought, with nearly all of both states …


Drought Expanding and Intensifying Across Southern States

Dan Drought, Industry News Release

Drought challenges were well-documented last year, especially in the Upper Midwest. However, drought isn’t going away now that we’ve turned the calendar to 2018. DTN meteorologist Bryce Anderson says drought is also firing up and getting more intense in southern states. Intense Temps in the days ahead will be in the mid-70s in Oklahoma, with highs approaching 80 in the …

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Global Drought Severity Index Launched

Dan Drought, Industry News Release

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and others, are rolling out a new worldwide satellite-based drought severity index. Relying on data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, called GRACE, the index adds groundwater storage to drought assessments, augmenting commonly used tools most often based on the amount of precipitation. Researchers announcing the index say it will “provide …

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New Drought Monitor Shows Both Improvements and Declines

Dan Drought, Industry News Release

The new Drought Monitor shows both vast declines and huge improvements in conditions across several parts of the country. Oklahoma is one state showing improvement. Oklahoma was 60 percent drought-free last week and recent rainfall has shrunk the areas under drought to just 14 percent. Cooler temps brought rainfall to much of northern Texas and Oklahoma that added up to …