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Drought

River’s Low Level Poses Problem

If something barring an epic flood doesn’t happen soon, the Mississippi River could be too low for navigation. Because of the severe drought in 2012, waterborne commerce on the middle Mississippi River is in real danger. For barges to move through the Mississippi River, there has to be at least nine feet of water throughout the navigation channel. Current projections ... Read More »

High Yields Possible During Texas Drought

BY TOMMY HORTON EDITOR What are the odds of a young producer in the High Plains of Texas delivering five-bale cotton yields in 2011 and three-bale yelds in 2012? Initially, it seems impossible if you consider drought conditions that have existed in the region for the past two years. However, that is exactly what 27-year-old producer Justin Foster has accomplished. ... Read More »

Producers Optimistic About Harvest

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu The remnants of Hurricane Isaac brought some welcome rainfall to southeast Missouri. While this drops our area out of the worst drought category, we are still listed as extreme. The good news is that we are projected to have above-normal temperatures and less rainfall during harvest season. Harvest has begun, and many fields have been defoliated. ... Read More »

Poll Participants Rate 2012 Crop

Based on the comments received in the September Cotton Farming Web Poll, many farmers in parts of Texas and Oklahoma are still feeling the effects of the drought on their 2012 cotton crop. In other areas of the Belt, some producers are reporting better-than- expected yields or about what they had anticipated going into harvest. Once again, it all comes ... Read More »

Water Chased The Crop Dollars In Texas Panhandle

Eric Leach Crop consultant with Ag Aviation Muleshoe, Texas As they say, time does fly when you’re having fun. In 1984, I took an internship job scouting fields for Fred Locker’s business, Ag Aviation, in Muleshoe, Texas. Muleshoe is northwest of Lubbock in the Texas Panhandle. I thought I was earning credits for my degree in Entomology from Texas Tech ... Read More »

Texas Strategy: Survive The Drought

By Tommy Horton Editor A year ago we were talking about how Texas cotton producers were trying to survive a drought that had to be seen to be appreciated. It’s hard to know how difficult this weather event was unless you lived in the state and saw it firsthand. How bad was it? How about a reduced cotton crop that ... Read More »

USDA Plans Regional Drought Meetings

Recognizing that recovery from the drought that affected much of the farm belt will be a lengthy process, Agri-culture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the scheduling of four regional meetings that will outline available resources to assist with local, regional and state recovery efforts. USDA will coordinate with state and local partners, working closely with the Department of Commerce, the ... Read More »