In 2013, Drought Is Worsening In Midwest And Plains States, Despite U.S. Winter Weather

slide_239106_1269665_freeLight showers not enough to ease drought

* U.S. hard red winter wheat in Plains at risk

* Corn, soybean crops grown in the west also at risk

By Sam Nelson

CHICAGO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Dry weather continues to plague  the drought-stricken U.S. Plains and western Midwest with only  light showers and snowfall expected this week, an agricultural  meteorologist said on Monday.

“The Plains and the northwest Midwest will still struggle  with drought, there’s not a whole lot of relief seen,” said John  Dee, meteorologist for Global Weather Monitoring.

Dee said there would be some light rain in the eastern  portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas late Monday and Tuesday,  with heavier rainfall seen for the eastern and southeastern  Midwest late Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Roughly east of a line from Kansas City to Chicago will  receive 0.50 inch to 1.00 inch or more, but they aren’t as  affected by the drought at this time,” Dee said.

slide_239106_1235088_freeCommodity Weather Group (CWG) said light showers fell over  the weekend across the Central Plains and much of the Midwest  and northern Delta. “Scattered amounts of 0.10 to 0.40 inch were  noted for drought areas from Nebraska and northern Kansas into  southern Minnesota and Iowa,” said CWG meteorologist Joel  Widenor.

“While very light showers are also possible in parts of  Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota tonight and again next  week, none of this will be significant enough to put much of a  dent in the drought,” he said.

Without rain or heavy snow before spring, millions of acres  of wheat could be ruined while corn and soybean seedings could  be threatened in the western Midwest, meteorologists and other  crop experts have said.

A climatology report issued last Thursday said there were no  signs of improvement for Kansas or neighboring farm  states.

Roughly 57.64 percent of the contiguous United States was in  at least “moderate” drought as of Jan. 22, an improvement from  58.87 percent a week earlier, according to last Thursday’s  Drought Monitor report by a consortium of federal and state  climatology experts.

But the worst level of drought, dubbed “exceptional,”  expanded slightly to 6.36 percent from 6.31 percent of the  country.

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.     (Additional reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City; Editing  by Jeffrey Benkoe)  Source link

Bible Verse

Revelation 6:5-6  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.


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2 replies

  1. The big picture is worrisome, but what about the “little” picture in which those farmers and their families will lose everything to the banks? Real people in real trouble who need our support and prayers and compassion.

    • I know we will need to pray about this, but more so reaching out to the communities finding those in need. We need to be as Children of light more responsible preparing for what is to come. We need to be as wise of Joseph who was in Egypt.We will need to be both prayerful and practical about our faith in the years to come staring today.

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