drought http://kcur.org en Wet June Helps Ease Drought Conditions In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/wet-june-helps-ease-drought-conditions-kansas <p>Last month was the fifth wettest June on record, and that has helped ease drought conditions across Kansas.</p><p>Assistant State Climatologist Mary Knapp says June was a critical month, because in parts of Kansas it's normally the wettest month. A lack of June rain would have meant Kansas missed a good chance to reduce the drought.</p><p>July is also a wet month in some areas, and Knapp says possible cooler weather this month could help further reduce the drought.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:51:33 +0000 Stephen Koranda 58473 at http://kcur.org What It Takes To End A Drought http://kcur.org/post/what-it-takes-end-drought <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite recent storms, parts of Missouri and all of Kansas are still experiencing some level of drought. What creates these extreme conditions, and how much rain does it take to bring us back to normal? </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.kcur.org/centralstandard" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we talk with Brian </span>Fuchs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who explains the mechanics of a drought.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:34:46 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57543 at http://kcur.org What It Takes To End A Drought Midwest A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Country http://kcur.org/post/midwest-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-country <p>Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado">from California to Colorado</a> and <a href="http://lubbockonline.com/agriculture/2014-03-02/texas-trails-nebraska-number-cattle-feeding#.U5dGJPmwJcQ">from Texas to Nebraska</a> seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:58:59 +0000 Grant Gerlock 57385 at http://kcur.org Midwest A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Country Recent Heavy Rains Won't Eliminate Drought In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/recent-heavy-rains-wont-eliminate-drought-kansas <p>Despite recent heavy rains across the state of Kansas, officials say the precipitation is likely not enough to end <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/">the </a><a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?KS">drought</a>.</p><p>Assistant State Climatologist Mary Knapp says Kansas has seen almost double what would be a normal amount of rain for the first part of June. But she says the rains won’t be enough to bring conditions back to normal, as the first five months of the year were very dry.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:20:08 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57110 at http://kcur.org Recent Heavy Rains Won't Eliminate Drought In Kansas Has Summer Weather Already Arrived In Kansas? http://kcur.org/post/has-summer-weather-already-arrived-kansas <p>A hot, dry spring is sending mixed signals to Kansas climatologists trying to predict what kind of summer the Central Plains will have.</p><p>At the beginning of May, temperatures in Wichita, Kan., topped 100 degrees three times. Combine that with a lack of rain to the southwest, and crops across the state are starting to show signs of stress.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:20:06 +0000 Elle Moxley 56039 at http://kcur.org Has Summer Weather Already Arrived In Kansas? Western Kansas Drought Effects Reach Across State http://kcur.org/post/western-kansas-drought-effects-reach-across-state <p>You've heard about how farmers in western Kansas have faced drought problems, but you might not know that the drought can affect the water supply here in Kansas City.</p><p>In the second part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we take a look at the drought's far-reaching effects and what actions could fix the problem.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Josh Swatty</strong>, vice president of the Land Institute</li></ul> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:18:27 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 49397 at http://kcur.org Western Kansas Drought Effects Reach Across State Farm Families Follow Drought With Record Harvest http://kcur.org/post/farm-families-follow-drought-record-harvest <p>Nancy Friesen sat nervously at the controls of a giant John Deere combine that made the corn stalks look like match sticks. It was her second day in the driver’s seat of the giant machine and she normally works in the garden, not the field. But during harvest time, everyone in the family pitches in.</p><p>One year after the worst drought in decades, farm families all over the Midwest are preparing to bring in a record-breaking corn crop. While there’s some uncertainty in the air thanks to falling corn prices, this is a time of year when farm families focus on the task at hand.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:54:17 +0000 Grant Gerlock 45531 at http://kcur.org Farm Families Follow Drought With Record Harvest Drought Hits Northern Missouri, Again http://kcur.org/post/drought-hits-northern-missouri-again <p>Drought conditions are again plaguing the northern half of Missouri, according to the latest U.S. drought monitor report.</p><p>Right now, a large portion of north central Missouri is experiencing severe drought, with most of the rest of northern Missouri is in moderate drought.&nbsp;</p><p>Anthony Artusa is with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center at the University of Maryland.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:11:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 42961 at http://kcur.org Labor Day Promises Heat Relief In Kansas City Metro http://kcur.org/post/labor-day-promises-heat-relief-kansas-city-metro <p></p><p>Metro Kansas City is baking in what may turn out to be the hottest day of the calendar year, August 30.</p><p>That could be a hundred degrees or higher.</p><p>Spotty rain is expected before the holiday weekend is half way through.</p><p>Downtown is 6.25 inches below the norm for the year, Olathe by more than 3.5.</p><p>Data shows even more dehydration if one considers the period June through August with Olathe scoring a mere&nbsp; 7.4 inches. That amounts to a summertime deficit of 6.02 inches.</p><p>Relief is anticipated within a matter of days.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:27:40 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42874 at http://kcur.org Most Midwest Farmers Still Dealing With Drought http://kcur.org/post/most-midwest-farmers-still-dealing-drought <p>Hot weather has been greeting visitors to this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., one of the country’s largest agriculture trade shows. It’s a fitting reminder of a rough year for farmers.</p><p>Hot weather is no surprise during the late-August exhibition of all things farming. But the recent dry spell in the Midwest is causing some worries.</p><p>Pam Johnson, a Northern Iowa farmer who is president of the National Corn Growers association says that's been the number one concern she's heard from show visitors.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:35:08 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 42780 at http://kcur.org Most Midwest Farmers Still Dealing With Drought Drought Conditions Persist In Western Kansas, Ease in East http://kcur.org/post/drought-conditions-persist-western-kansas-ease-east <p>Severe drought has been gripping much of Kansas, but in some parts of the state that grip has been easing; much of central and eastern Kansas is back to normal.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">As recently as three months ago, around 97 percent of the state was experiencing drought. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mary Knapp with Kansas State University calls the turnaround “exceptional.” </span></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:15:38 +0000 Stephen Koranda 42186 at http://kcur.org Drought Conditions Persist In Western Kansas, Ease in East Grillers Beware: Drought Driving Beef Prices Up http://kcur.org/post/grillers-beware-drought-driving-beef-prices <p>If you’ve experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.</p><p>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.</p><p>Dry conditions this summer could cause the herd to dwindle even further. That means beef prices may continue on a steady climb, just in time for grilling season.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 38465 at http://kcur.org Grillers Beware: Drought Driving Beef Prices Up Farmers Face 'Weather Whiplash' With Floods, Drought http://kcur.org/post/farmers-face-weather-whiplash-floods-drought <p>The motorized growl from an idling John Deere tractor drowned out the sounds of nature on a recent morning on Chris Webber’s central Missouri family farm.</p><p>As he checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant that day, Webber worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.</p><p>“The drought is over at the moment,” he said, “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.”</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:09:57 +0000 Peggy Lowe 38428 at http://kcur.org Should You Be Talking To Your Plants? http://kcur.org/post/should-you-be-talking-your-plants <p>Ever know someone who talks to plants?</p><p>Maybe it was your offbeat neighbor cooing at his gardenias; maybe your grandmother analyzed baseball with her cucumbers. It seems a bit silly, but researchers say farmers should maybe take notice.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:55:23 +0000 Hilary Stohs-Krause 35925 at http://kcur.org Should You Be Talking To Your Plants? Effects Of An Extended Drought http://kcur.org/post/effects-extended-drought <p>Recent snowfalls brought much needed moisture to our region.&nbsp; Even so, the <strong>drought</strong> of last year has not been broken.&nbsp; Should it continue for months ... or even years ... what are the <strong>potential long-term effects?</strong></p><p> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 33237 at http://kcur.org Effects Of An Extended Drought Pumped Up Pumpkin Prices http://kcur.org/post/pumped-pumpkin-prices <p>Many shoppers will pay higher prices for pumpkins this fall as this summer’s drought continues to take its toll on local growers.</p><p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:35:14 +0000 Samantha Rinehart 26062 at http://kcur.org Pumped Up Pumpkin Prices Update From Cass Co. Dairy Farmer Eric Neill http://kcur.org/post/update-cass-co-dairy-farmer-eric-neill <p>When we last spoke with dairy farmer Eric Neill, he was in the middle of trying to get his dairy cows through this summer's drought.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:18:54 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 25121 at http://kcur.org Update From Cass Co. Dairy Farmer Eric Neill Nixon Warns Of Fall Wildfire Risk In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/nixon-warns-fall-wildfire-risk-missouri <p>Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state. Governor Jay Nixon presided over a drought briefing at the Missouri State Fair for emergency management and public safety workers.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:14:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin 22987 at http://kcur.org Nixon Warns Of Fall Wildfire Risk In Missouri Army Corps Of Engineers To Halt Some Water Releases From Kan. Reservoirs http://kcur.org/post/army-corps-engineers-halt-some-water-releases-kan-reservoirs <p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will halt some water releases from three Kansas reservoirs next month.&nbsp; Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:45:01 +0000 Stephen Koranda 21941 at http://kcur.org Army Corps Of Engineers To Halt Some Water Releases From Kan. Reservoirs Meat Producers And, Ultimately, Consumers Hurt By Drought http://kcur.org/post/meat-producers-and-ultimately-consumers-hurt-drought Despite headlines about the crushing drought that's afflicting much of the country's prime agricultural land, the USDA <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/newsroom/us-drought-2012-farm-and-food-impacts.aspx">isn't expecting</a> any dramatic increases in the price of food this year or next.<p>But you can see small signs of the drought's effects if you look closely at the agency's <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-price-outlook.aspx">latest forecast</a> of food prices, which it released today. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:39:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 21631 at http://kcur.org Meat Producers And, Ultimately, Consumers Hurt By Drought Pray For Rain: Food Prices Heading Higher http://kcur.org/post/pray-rain-food-prices-heading-higher A <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/18/156989764/interactive-mapping-the-u-s-drought">fierce drought</a> has been scorching crops this summer, but it's still too soon to know exactly how much of a hole it will burn in your wallet.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just released its <a href="http://ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-price-outlook/summary-findings.aspx">latest forecast</a> for retail food prices. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:42:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 21625 at http://kcur.org Pray For Rain: Food Prices Heading Higher Fire Departments Warn About Fire Hazard http://kcur.org/post/fire-departments-warn-about-fire-hazard <p>Local fire departments warn drought conditions are producing grass and brush fire hazards in the metropolitan area. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:10:45 +0000 Maria Carter 21603 at http://kcur.org Fire Departments Warn About Fire Hazard Despite Crop Insurance, Drought Still Stings Farmers http://kcur.org/post/despite-crop-insurance-drought-still-stings-farmers Stop by most any unirrigated farm across the lower Midwest and you'll see crops in distress. Midwestern corn and soybean farmers are taking a beating during the recent drought, but it's not likely to drive many out of business.<p>Most of those farmers carry terrific insurance, and the worse the drought becomes, the more individual farmers will be paid for their lost crops. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:45:00 +0000 editor 21523 at http://kcur.org Despite Crop Insurance, Drought Still Stings Farmers Watering During Drought: Be Conservative, Urges Water One http://kcur.org/post/watering-during-drought-be-conservative-urges-water-one <p>As the scorching hot weather continues this week, cities in the metro are urging&nbsp; water consumers to space out their watering and not to&nbsp;soak the ground.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 03:09:28 +0000 Laura Ziegler 21518 at http://kcur.org Watering During Drought: Be Conservative, Urges Water One Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin http://kcur.org/post/drought-brings-misery-arkansas-river-basin-0 <p>Drought has set in early and hard across the Midwest, parching the Arkansas River basin. The river trickling out of the mountains is dry before it reaches some of the major agricultural uses downstream. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:45:51 +0000 Frank Morris 21474 at http://kcur.org Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin Heat, Drought & You http://kcur.org/post/heat-drought-you <p>Your neighbors' lawn is green. And yours? A pale shade of brown, with grass that crunches underfoot. Area golf courses remain emerald and pristine, yet corn fields in Missouri, Arkansas, and elsewhere wither, their kernels destined for silage.</p> <p>The drought affects each of us a bit differently: will you spike your water bill just to keep your lawn green, your plants flowering, and your vegetables growing? Can area farmers salvage what little remains of their crops?</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 04:05:24 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Frank Morris 21452 at http://kcur.org Heat, Drought & You Governors To Visit Drought-Stricken Regions http://kcur.org/post/governors-visit-drought-stricken-regions <p>Both Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback embark on tours today of their states' most drought-affected regions. The USDA declared 82 Kansas counties federal disaster areas, while the entire state of Missouri — all 114 counties — meets disaster qualifications, based on losses of at least 30 percent of the estimated crop yield.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:17:11 +0000 Emilie Mutert 21155 at http://kcur.org Governors To Visit Drought-Stricken Regions Relentless Heat, Hard Choices: Family Struggles As Utility Bills Rise http://kcur.org/post/relentless-heat-hard-choices-family-struggles-utility-bills-rise <p>The living room of Cheryl Landes&#39; small apartment has the cozy feel of your grandmother&rsquo;s living room.</p><p>No surprise.&nbsp; She&rsquo;s often watching four grandkids, as well as her own 13-year-old son.</p><p>This afternoon, two of them are playing with their hand-held electronic games. They can play alone, or together. They laugh as their small computers make music.</p><p>Cheryl&rsquo;s 90-year-old mother, Billie,&nbsp; lives here too.&nbsp;She quietly sinks into a club&nbsp;chair. She has chronic lung disease, and dementia.</p><p>Both Cheryl and her grandson have asthma.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 06:49:12 +0000 Laura Ziegler 20565 at http://kcur.org Relentless Heat, Hard Choices: Family Struggles As Utility Bills Rise