Wed June 12, 2013
The Salt

As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash'

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 4:20 pm

A central Illinois farmer plants corn seed into the evening in Farmingdale, Ill.
Seth Perlman AP

As Chris Webber checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant on a recent morning, he worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.

"The drought is over at the moment," he says. "But in Missouri, we tend to say that in 10 days or two weeks, we can be in a drought again. That's how fast it can get back to dry."

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Wed June 12, 2013
The Salt

Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:53 am

With U.S. cattle herds at their lowest levels since the 1950s and corn feed prices on the rise, beef prices are on the rise.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

If you've experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.

Multi-year droughts in states that produce most of the country's beef cattle have driven up costs to historic highs. Last year, ranchers culled deep into their herds — some even liquidated all their cattle — which pushed the U.S. cattle herd to its lowest point since the 1950s.

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Mon June 10, 2013

Grillers Beware: Drought Driving Up Beef Prices

Edwards Meats in Wheat Ridge, Colo. is already feeling the pinch of higher beef prices. Owner Darin Edwards said he’s trying to absorb some of the cost passed along to him by his suppliers, but he’ll likely have to increase what he charges for beef in the coming weeks.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media


Tue May 28, 2013

Water Officials Ponder Colorado River's Future

Screencap of the interactive map of the Colorado River basin from Western Resource Advocates
Western Resource Advocates CoRiverBasin.org

Top federal water managers are meeting with Indian tribal leaders, conservationists and officials from seven Western states that depend on water from the Colorado River.

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Wed May 15, 2013

Governor Activates Drought Task Force

Dry conditions along Colorado’s eastern plains south of Limon.
Luke Runyon KUNC/Harvest Public Media