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ISSUE DATE: 04/15/2013

Drought persists as spring planting arrives

By Jennifer Carrico

With spring planting just around the corner, farmers are wondering if the winter’s moisture was enough to pull them out of the drought.

Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor said the western part of the Corn Belt hasn’t seen enough moisture to pull them completely out of drought conditions.

“West of Interstate 35 from Minnesota all the way down to Texas is still suffering from drought conditions,” he said. “The eastern Corn Belt has had enough moisture to replenish their soil and is no longer considered to be under drought conditions.”

Taylor said several factors must be taken into consideration when determining whether the drought has come to an end. First, to determine whether the ground has been replenished with enough moisture to take areas out of drought, moisture is measured from Oct. 1 to May 1. In the Midwest, normal moisture in that time period would be 11 to 13 inches.

With this amount of moisture, soils would be replenished to 5 feet down, which is the normal rooting depth for corn and soybeans.


Bill would reduce excessive fuel loads on federal lands through livestock grazing and timber thinnin
Deadline extended for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers' claims
Deterring ticks with citrus and millipedes
Drought-slammed ranchers may be able to postpone tax payments
Iowa State students broaden international agri-marketing skills
KFB County Presidents Trip gives members a voice
Mid-America business indicators climb
National Ag Day puts spotlight on critical nature of industry
Nebraska Cattlemen applauds Sen. Fischer for demanding answers from EPA
New Kansas map showcases state's beauty
Nominations open for Greene County Farm Family of the Year
Obama's 2014 budget commits $714M to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
Participants selected for 2013 Young Leaders award
Researchers pave the way for stronger, greener concrete by adding biofuel by-products
Sens. Blunt, Pryor introduce amendment to protect jobs, avoid furloughs for food inspectors
Smithsonian creating ag archive
SPCC Plan informational meetings planned April 23
Switchgrass used for home heating
'The Best is Yet to Be' topic of Full Circle...An Aging Expo
Tornado Alley shifts eastward this storm season
USCA concludes first 2013 fly-in to D.C.


Ag Heritage Park at Alta Vista plans Spring Crank Up Tractor Show April 20
Canola field tours planned in Kansas during April, May
Cotton outlook shaped by China's policy
Cotton Service Award presented
Drought persists as spring planting arrives
Field tests seek optimal weed control methods
Growers see variable wheat conditions heading into spring
KDA to relocate to Manhattan
K-State Research and Extension offers variety of events
Much of Texas wheat crop escapes major freeze damage
National Biodiesel Day puts spotlight on America's advanced biofuel
NU Water for Food Conference to focus on building resilient agroecosystems
Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit planned
Snow limits scouting but soil benefits from nitrogen
Terminate cover crops by May 10 to stay eligible, ICA tells farmers
USDA: Highest corn acreage since 1936 expected
Wheat insect monitoring beginning to spot aphids and mites
Women Involved in Farm Economics members meet in Washington, D.C.


Aggie Processed Meat School scheduled April 25 and 26
American Jersey Cattle Association reports back-to-back record years
American Sheep Industry Association elects new officers
American Shorthorn Association Board announces executive secretary/CEO
CSU hosts Legends of Ranching sale April 27
Drought taking its toll on cattle ranchers
Focus on good calf growth
Hog and pig numbers released
Management decisions critical for new and inexperienced ranch owners
Managing lameness in your herd
Montana hosting sheep symposium
Organizations show support for Wildlife Services
Pickup men are rodeo's true cowboys
Registration opens for 2013 PLC, NCBA legislative conferences
Russia/China actions renew debate on science-based trade
Sheep breeder-leader optimistic for opportunities in the business
Shorthorn University tour set to start in Omaha
Summit to present tips on how to engage consumers
TAHC to test equines in Kleberg County for Piroplasmosis
Tax alternatives available for some livestock producers
USDA opens export markets for day-old chicks, hatching eggs, dairy cattle and pears
UW sets market hog, lamb sale
Veal sweepstakes winner announced
Woolgrowers Association to host Shearing Day and Nutrition Clinic


EPA: Spill Prevention Control and its impact on farms
We shouldn't rely on Phil
What's ahead in Washington


I predict the weather in 2013 will be...
Just a Scoop Full
New feature for spray height control
Nothing really changes
You and your planet's health


Above normal temps encourage wheat green up Nebraska
Ada livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Cold nights and warm days continue Montana
Cold start to April Minnesota
Corn, soybeans have solid gains
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Drier conditions allow for tillage, planting progress Missouri
Dry conditions persist Wyoming
Ft. Smith livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate
Joplin livestock auction report
Most hay classes selling steady, others light test
OKC sheep and goat auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. livestock auction report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm, dry conditions across state Colorado
Warmer temps to begin field work Iowa
Weather limits fieldwork South dakota


Extension program will cover raising alfalfa in the Ozarks
First green grass of spring won't supply nutrient needs of grazing cows
Follow conditioning tips for superior hay quality
ISU prairie strips study yields options to improve conservation
Joint burn advisory issued because of drought conditions
Overcoming forage shortages in a drought


CSU Extension to hold Home Garden Symposium
Cupcakes for every occasion
Downright delicious
Helpful household tips
Master Gardeners to host Spring Field Day
Modest Rapids offers more bang for buck
New Texas Superstar cherry tomato judged sweeter than others
NMSU hosts grafting workshop
Planting potatoes

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