Wed April 24, 2013
The Salt

For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:06 am

By this time last year, 26 percent of the country's corn crop was already planted. A wet, cold spring means that only 4 percent is in the ground right now.
Seth Perlman AP

Last year's drought wreaked havoc on farmers' fields in much of the Midwest, cutting crop yields and forcing livestock producers to cull their herds. This spring, the rain that farmers needed so badly in 2012 has finally returned. But maybe too much, and at the wrong time.

It's almost the end of April, which is prime time to plant corn. But farmers need a break in the rain so they can get this year's crops in the ground and try to lock in good yields at harvest.

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Wed April 17, 2013

Colorado River Named "Most Endangered"

Irrigation pipes deliver Colorado River water to Mesa Park Vineyards in Palisade
Mesa Park Vineyards


Tue April 16, 2013

Heavy Snow Puts A Dent In Colorado's Drought

Colorado SNOTEL Map (4-17-13): Green is good on this map. For the first time this winter, some river basins are nearing average.
Credit NRCS

April snow storms have certainly helped parched Colorado. The real question is, how big of a dent will it be?

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Mon April 15, 2013

Early Spring Frost Hits West Slope Apricots Hard

Alex E. Proimos Creative Commons/Flickr

Springtime is a stressful period for farmers – especially in Western Colorado's North Fork Valley. A spring frost can wipe out an entire crop in an instant as was the case for one apricot farmer last week.

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Mon April 15, 2013

April Snow Showers Target Northern Colorado

Monday morning snow in Greeley
Erin O'Toole KUNC

Another winter storm is working its way across Colorado, bringing gusty winds and up to a foot of snow to some areas.

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