April 11, 2014--Drought prompts rice farmers to try new crops (

Brothers Stewart and Kirby Savage should be out right now, planting rice, a crop that their family has grown in Matagorda County for nearly a century. But here they sit, in their low-slung office along Texas 60, talking water, or the lack of it. The Savage family, like many rice farmers, are facing a third year in a row without irrigation water from the Colorado River.

June 3, 2013--New study predicts rising irrigation costs, reduced yields for U.S. corn (Science Daily)

 If the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United States stands little to no chance of satisfying its current biofuel goals, according to a new study by Rice University and the University of California at Davis.

May 24, 2013--Prices rise, links go under plow (Durango Herald)

Across the Midwest, farmers are planting crops on almost any scrap of available land to take advantage of consistently high corn and soybean prices. Growers are knocking down old barns, tearing out fencerows and digging up land that once had been preserved for wildlife. Some are even suspected of tearing into pioneer cemeteries. The U.S.

August 17, 2012--Impact of U.S. drought on crops may be peaking, Vilsack says (Washington Post)

The severity of the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be peaking, while its effects on corn and soybeans, the nation’s two biggest crops, may not be known until the harvests, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The steadying of weather conditions may limit food inflation next year, which the U.S.

July 18, 2012--How droughts will reshape the United States (Washington Post)

More than half of the continental United States is currently suffering through the worst drought in 50 years, with heat and a lack of rain rippling through the middle of the country. Crops are wilting, soils are cracked, and some dried-out forests are catching fire. U.S. corn production in particular is dwindling. So is this a glimpse at our hotter, drier future? It might be.

July 13, 2012--Nearly two-thirds of the USA is in a drought (USA Today)

Almost two-thirds of the nation -- around 61% -- is now in a drought, the highest percentage in at least 12 years, federal climate scientists announced today.

July 12, 2012--Widespread drought causes corn prices to surge; grocery goods next? (Los Angeles Times)

Massive swaths of Midwest farmland are suffering through one of the most widespread droughts in history, causing corn prices to soar as the USDA scales back its predictions for a record crop. Corn farmers are expected to yield an average of 146 bushels an acre – a 20-bushel drop from the Department of Agriculture’s June estimate.

May 9, 2008--No impact on corn from delaying irrigation (Cherry Creek News)

Research from Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, and Kansas State University shows corn growers can safely delay the first irrigation without having a negative impact on yield. A nine-year field study was conducted in northwestern Kansas to evaluate the effects of delaying the first irrigation on corn grain yield and its physiological components.

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