Drought

2:46pm

Fri March 1, 2013
Agriculture

Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 3:34 pm

Kirk Sours says heavy snow creates extra work on his ranch, but he's thrilled that the pending melt will bring his otherwise dry pastures much-needed moisture.
Frank Morris/KCUR

Two rapid-fire snowstorms belted Kansas with more than 2 feet of snow this week. They caused thousands of accidents and all kinds of hardships — but they also produced very broad smiles from some quarters.

That's because in a place as dry as Kansas has been lately, a blizzard can be a blessing for farmers and ranchers.

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1:40pm

Mon February 25, 2013

11:42am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Salt

Despite Lingering Drought, USDA Predicts A Flood Of Grain

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 12:51 pm

Economists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, gazing into their crystal ball, see American farmers planting and harvesting huge amounts of corn, soybeans, and wheat this year. They're predicting a record harvest of corn: 14 billion bushels, up nearly 40 percent over last year's drought-crippled level.

With supply up, prices will fall. The USDA thinks that the price of the average bushel of corn could fall by a third. And soybean production and price are expected to follow a similar track.

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1:24pm

Tue February 19, 2013

12:01pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Agriculture

Survey Results Pinpoint Drought Problems Plaguing Colorado Ranchers, Farmers

At the Governor's Forum on Agriculture, a crowd hears inital results from a CSU Drought Survey.
Grace Hood

As drought persists across the country and in Colorado, the word “uncertainty” increasingly comes up in farming and ranching conversations.

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