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Tag Archives: Drought

#CORN YIELDS LIKELY TO REMAIN STABLE

Despite dry conditions for the next two weeks, without a significant heat event in July, national corn yield is unlikely to fall too far below the long-term trend, further expanding global supplies. Given the current state of the 2017 corn crop, and the weather forecasts for early July, final yield shouldn’t fall more than 3… read more

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CALIFORNIA RAINS

Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California, delighting a state in its fifth year of drought and raising hopes that water-use restrictions might be eased, the Associated Press reports.

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CALIFORNIA DROUGHT IS EASED, NOT ENDED

The rain and snow hitting California this week –  partly fueled by an El Nino tied with the strongest on record  – will put a dent in the state’s 5-year-old drought but there’s a catch. The storms will help but will not end the drought in California, said Michael Anderson, the state climatologist. The heavy… read more

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DRY DOWN SOUTH

It’s dry in Mato Grosso, Brazil – Brazilian farm consultant Kory Melby writes in his blog this week.  He says there are small chances for rain next week, but he sees yield damage ahead if the rains don’t materialize.

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CHINA CORN CROP

The record corn crop China was counting on to sustain its huge pork habit is coming up short. Drought and late-season rains have stunted yields, according to the Daily Journal & Bloomberg.

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DROUGHT RETURNS

Central Illinois has returned to moderate drought conditions this week.  The latest Drought Monitor shows the driest area stretches from just south of the Quad Cities southeastward to Jacksonville and Decatur.

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EL NINO MAY EASE DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA

Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state’s punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the regions in the late 1990s, the Associated Press reports.

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CALIFORNIA DROUGHT COSTS $2.7B IN 2015

The 4-year-old drought continues in California and will cost the economy $2.7 billion and nearly 21,000 jobs this year in the nation’s most populous state, according to a new study from the University of California-Davis. The biggest hit comes in agriculture, which will lose $1.84 billion this year, according to the study. Almost half of… read more

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FARM-SECTOR EARNINGS PLUNGE

Earnings for workers in the U.S. farm sector plunged in the early months of 2015, with all but 9 states posting declines, the Commerce Department said Monday. Farm earnings fell 22.4% in the first quarter, which Commerce attributed primarily to lower livestock output. In Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, farmers have grappled with severe… read more

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DROUGHT MONITOR

The latest Drought Monitor reflects the “too wet, too dry” conditions across the nation. California remains in desperate shape, with fully 70 percent of the state locked in extreme or exceptional drought, with the entire state remaining in some level of precipitation deficiency. Elsewhere, dry weather is a seldom heard word.

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