Thu September 6, 2012

Farmers’ Almanac Weighs in on Colorado Winter, and It’s Not Good

Farmers' Almanac

A seemingly endless drought this summer has created dried-up reservoirs and many disappointed farmers. The state’s climatologist told KUNC recently that a change in weather patterns—from a La Nina to a weak- to moderate-El Nino influence—could lead to more precipitation this fall.

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Fri August 31, 2012
The Salt

Farmers Use YouTube To Share Devastating Impacts Of Drought

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:29 am

A YouTube user who goes by Katzcradul posted this image of a parched gulch on her drought-stricken land in Missouri on the site.


Thu August 30, 2012
Around the Nation

Despite Drought, Some Corn Farmers Reap Bounty

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:18 pm

Grimes Sweetcorn worker Paulette Vandyke waits to sell fresh corn in Grimes, Iowa. The drought has pushed the price of corn per bushel up nearly 40 percent in the past two months.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

For every farmer who is hurting this year during the drought, others are benefiting. Many fields in the South, Northwest and Upper Midwest are producing bountiful corn crops. And because the drought has pushed prices to record highs, farmers who have corn to sell expect a terrific payday.

"The corn has actually really, really taken off all the way through season. It's grown fast. It's been accelerated. The corn looks really good now," says John Scott, whose family farm in Sargeant, Minn., is just bursting with corn.

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Fri August 24, 2012
The Salt

Farmers Waiting Out The Drought Tune Into Twitter

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:43 am

The information farmers are getting from Twitter can help them decide how and when to market their grain.

A few years ago, if Bill Graff wanted to find out whether other farmers' fields looked anything like his, he'd make some calls and check an online bulletin board. It might take him a few days, even a week, to get a sense of how his crops stacked up against others in his region.

Now Graff, 53, who grows 1,400 acres of corn, soybean, wheat and hay in central Illinois, checks his Twitter feed. "I can get a half-way decent idea of what's going on out there instantaneously," Graff says.

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Fri August 24, 2012

Colorado Lawmakers Ask for More Drought Assistance

A drought stricken corn field in Weld County, Colo, in July.
Kirk Siegler

With the severe drought still gripping the region, two Colorado Republican lawmakers are asking the federal government to extend an emergency order that opened up more lands for livestock grazing and haying. 

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