January 29 News: Drought Is Worsening In Midwest And Plains States, Putting Crops At Risk

Cold snap or not, drought will continue to be the norm for the U.S. Plains and Midwest, receiving only light showers and snowfall this week. [HuffPo]

  • U.S. hard red winter wheat in Plains at risk
  • Corn, soybean crops grown in the west also at risk

… Officials in north-central Oklahoma this month declared a state of emergency due to record-low reservoir conditions. Public and private interests throughout the central United States were examining measures to cope with the drought.

The government on Jan. 9 declared much of the central and southern U.S. Wheat Belt a natural disaster area.

The U.S Department of Agriculture made growers in large portions of four major wheat-growing states of Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

The unpredictable precipitation and weather fluctuations that come with climate change are hitting India’s coffee farmers hard. [Seattle Times]

After a Minneapolis utility shut down their $4.7 million battery bank for wind energy over fire concerns, the battery’s manufacturer rebuilt it, and it’s about to come back online. [Clean Technia]

Wind energy has surpassed nuclear as China’s third largest source of electricity. [Clean Technia]

Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan have agreed to an undisclosed “set of measures” to push back against requirements in the Kyoto Protocol that they reduce emissions. [RTCC]

9 Responses to January 29 News: Drought Is Worsening In Midwest And Plains States, Putting Crops At Risk

  1. BillD says:

    Even in northern Indiana, where improvement is expected, we are still rather dry. Today our high is 61oF (about 15oC) while in two days we are forecast a high below 20oF (maybe -8oC0. In any case, lakes are low and depressions that are usually vernal pools are still empty. We usually get a lot of rain in the spring, so it will be a surprise if we don’t see some heavy rain in the next few months. Lately when we have been forecast rain or snow over several days the totals are very low.

  2. Joan Savage says:

    Ironically – while the drought damaged crops and lowered levels in in waterways, back in November 2012 the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Port of Catoosa reported a record annual high volume in shipping, attributed to increase in crude oil.

  3. Josh says:

    Bootstraps & Teabags; we’ll have extra-crispy wingnuts, this summer!

  4. Leif says:

    Fresh water, Fracking, people and drought can not all prosper. Gas flaring and methane release from Fracking also added to the climate disruption. Grim realities are starting to bite. Does it hurt yet Red Belt?

  5. Paul Magnus says:

    seattle sits up on climate concern!

  6. Paul Magnus says:

    pet coke… petroleum coke… this is big… There is no way the tar sands bitumen should be developed and it needs to be ramped back right away!

    ar Sands Pollution and Protect the Climate

  7. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Tom Lehrer declared irony deceased a long while ago.

  8. Bleekerstreet says:

    The map looks pretty for the Colorado River Basin.

  9. Bleekerstreet says:

    Sorry, make that “pretty bad.” Next time I’ll wait until I’ve finished coffee.