64 million bushels of wheat could be lost to drought in U.S.

Bad news for farmers this week in the central and northern regions of the U.S. An ongoing drought in the northern plains is expected to persist into August, while heavy, flood-inducing rains in the central U.S. are expected to continue as well.

Much of the northern plains regions are experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought […]

Could drought-resistant crops be in our future?

International research has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that many think could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops.

Lead researcher, Dr. Kai Xun Chan from The Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Biology, said the team discovered an enzyme […]

Almond farmers grow salty over drought conditions

As the drought in California drags on, it’s the almond industry that has come under scrutiny as of late as the popular nut have been cited as one of the state’s most water-guzzling crops. With much of the state’s surface water cut off, farmers have turned to groundwater resources as a last-ditch effort for survival. […]

Severe drought continues in California

Recent heavy thunderstorms have done little to alleviate the severe drought conditions throughout almost all of California.

According the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, “severe” drought covers 99.8% of California. In May, 100% of the state was in “severe” drought.

The LA Times reports that a “series of thunderstorms that have hit California […]

Farmers on alert for worldwide drought, flood risk

[ SPANISH ] Not everyone is happy with the steadily increasing temperatures after a brutal winter. In fact, the rising temperatures can mean anything but good news, according to a report issued from Australia.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has recently cited temperature anomalies in the Pacific Ocean, saying that the surface is growing increasingly warm, […]

Storm has little effect on drought

Courtesy of USDA.

Despite a large pre-Thanksgiving storm that swept over much of the U.S., the drought still is hanging on.

Although the storm helped alleviate the drought in some areas of the Eastern U.S., overall the change in drought conditions was negligible, according to the Dec. 3 U.S. Drought Monitor report. Rains in […]

NOAA: Spring holds little reprieve from drought

Courtesy of NOAA.

Spring has sprung.

Well, officially anyway. Although Wednesday marked the first day of spring, it was difficult to tell as much of the Northeast got slapped with a snowstorm.

Unfortunately, despite the snow, the odds of last summer’s drought continuing into spring are high, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and […]

Spring approaches but drought still holds on

Courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor

As we move toward spring, speculation on the drought – and when and if relief will come – is at the forefront of discussion.

Despite recent winter storms, including one that slammed 14 states with more than six inches of snow in the last week, the drought still […]

Almost 600 counties designated as disaster zones following drought

Courtesy of the Farm Service Agency.

Last summer’s drought continues to impact hundreds of counties throughout the U.S.

On Wednesday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 597 counties in 14 states as “primary natural disaster areas” because of drought and heat. All of the designated counties have shown a D2 (drought severe) drought intensity […]

Drought 2012 and aflatoxin: What you need to know

High temperatures and a lack of precipitation aren’t the only issues plaguing farmers this year – the drought also has led to an outbreak of a carcinogenic mycotoxin – aflatoxin.

Aflatoxin is produced by certain strains of the mold Aspergillus, which flourishes in hot and dry conditions such as those created by this summer’s drought. […]