Ongoing Coverage:

drought 2012

Agriculture
9:42 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Ranchers battle suffocating drought

Nathan Pike was born on this land during the Dust Bowl, but he’s never seen it this dry. With little for his cattle to eat, he has been forced to liquidate most of his herd.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

It’s hot and dry out in western Kansas in a good year. South of Dodge City, the native grass is tough. So are the ranchers. But this year is not a good year.

Read more
Agriculture
8:36 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Mo. approves 3,700 applications for well projects

Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri officials have approved more than 3,700 applications totaling $18.7 million to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers get more water.

The emergency program provides for the state to pay 90 percent of the cost of drilling or deepening a well or expanding an irrigation system. The state's match is capped at $20,000 per project.

Nixon announced the program in late June. Monday was the deadline for farmers and livestock producers to apply.

All Tech Considered
4:22 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

New Moo-Bile App Helps Keep Cows Cool And Farmers Updated

Dairy cows feed at Heins Family Farm near Higginsville, Mo. Fans and misters keep the barns cool during this summer's record temperatures.
Scott Pham for NPR

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:44 pm

When it's hot and humid, you probably don't want to move much and aren't very hungry. The same goes for cows; but when they don't eat, farmers lose money.

Researchers at the University of Missouri think they can help avoid those losses. They've produced a new mobile app that can detect the threat of heat stress in cows using nothing more than a smartphone.

Read more
Under the Microscope
7:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Rethinking crop insurance

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

This week, we'll hear a report about taxpayer subsidized crop insurance, and find out how a guano harvest could help some penguins.

Read more
Agriculture
6:58 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Drought forces some to rethink crop insurance

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

Corn prices surged to a new record high on Monday, as the worst drought in more than 50 years continues to plague more than half the country.

Read more
10:39 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Farm Bill Countdown: Day 59

Lead in text: 
It's August now and the Farm Bill will expire September 30th. Without a stable, federal policy on US agriculture, farmers are going to have a difficult time planning for the future. Our colleagues at Harvest Public Media are bringing us daily updates on the political wrangling that may or may not bring us the new legislation farmers need. We'll bring you these daily updates as we get them.
Facing the prospect of heading back to angry drought-ravaged farmers and ranchers during Congress’ August Recess, House Republicans stopped work on contentious farm bill legislation and started pushing a drought assistance bill.
Agriculture
5:29 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

USDA releases crops progress report

CraneStation Flickr

According to the USDA's crops progress report, which was released on Monday, in Missouri, 83 percent of the corn acreage and 72 percent of soybeans are in very poor or poor condition. Both figures are the worst for any major agricultural state. Optimism for a good corn yield is dwindling, but Southeast Missouri State University’s Michael Aide says there is still hope for soybeans.

Agriculture
8:19 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Missouri farmers, ranchers continue to apply for water help

Irrigation waters a field of soybeans at Bradford Research Center outside Columbia, Mo. on August 12, 2012.
Camille Phillips Harvest Public Media

As cattle were auctioned off at the Joplin Regional Stockyards, Governor Nixon met over coffee Monday at the stockyard’s café with local ranchers and farmers.  He listened to their stories about how the emergency water cost-share program has helped them and gave them an update on the program. 

Read more
Intersection
5:15 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The drought and its impact

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

Read more
Agriculture
5:34 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Drought puts cows in Midwest at risk of nitrate poisoning

Junior Roberts’ cows near Billmore, Missouri, are lucky. The grass they’re grazing on just tested negative for high levels of nitrate. But Roberts says he’s not through testing his 1,400 acres, and he knows that many farmers are selling off their herds rather than pay for alternative foods for their cattle.

“You’d be better off to sell them then to turn them in on a field where they’re gonna lay down and die,” he says. “It’s a problem if that’s all they’ve got left to eat and it’s poison. It ain’t gonna do them no good. You’re gonna lose them plum completely.”

Read more
Business Beat
4:41 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Following the Arkansas River to track the drought

Water is low in the Arkansas River in Colorado this year, making the raft trip through Royal Gorge slower, and bumpier, than normal.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

This week on the show: Harvest Public Media’s Frank Morris follows the river to show the impact of this year’s drought.

Read more
Business
4:40 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Drought brings misery to Arkansas River basin

Dan Henrichs, a cattle rancher on the High Line Canal in Avondale, Colo., is also the local ditch superintendent. Most irrigation canals near his ranch have run dry
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

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. And the drought is torching crops, sapping tourism and threatening supplies of drinking water.

Read more
Weather
5:13 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Drought causes Missouri state of emergency

jetsandzeppelins Flickr

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared an emergency because of the recent drought.

Read more
Weather
5:41 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

NOAA predicts dry, hot weather will linger

bredgur Flickr

Federal weather forecasters predict the unusually hot dry weather that has gripped much of the nation will linger into fall, especially for the parched heartland.

Read more
Agriculture
4:25 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

USDA streamlines drought disaster assistance

bionicteaching Flickr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is streamlining the process for farmers to apply for government disaster help as crops in many states burn up in the widest drought in nearly 25 years.

Read more

Pages