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Recent Rains Bring Hope for Summer Crops

The High Plains have experienced an extended drought for the past number of years.  Lower than average precipitation has plagued some areas for over a decade.  Years like 2011 and 2012 rivaled some of the dry, hot years of the 1930’s and 1950’s.  Recently, the weather pattern has been a little more tolerable, and soaking [...]

Current Drought Rivals 1930s and 1950s

Dr. Clay Robinson Dr. Clay Robinson was a professor of soil and crop sciences at West Texas A&M for 17 years. While at WTAMU, one of his main interests was the influence of climatic conditions on farming, particularly dry land and crop-fallow systems. After leaving the University, he spent a couple years working [...]

2020-04-29T19:48:50+00:00July 1st, 2014|Categories: Crop Growing Conditions, Growing Grain Sorghum (Milo)|

Spring Weather Outlook May Bring Challenges and Hope

Jeff Doran is a Senior Business Meteorologist with Planalytics.  With Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Meteorology, time spent in the Air Force, and 15 years with Planalytics, Jeff has over 30 years of meteorology experience under his belt.  He took the time to talk with us about upcoming weather predictions that will affect this planting [...]

2020-04-29T19:48:54+00:00February 15th, 2014|Categories: Crop Growing Conditions, Planting|

Water Issues In The Southwest

We’ve probably all seen the drought maps that the National Weather Service reports, and how the Midwest and Southwest have been in extreme or severe drought situations for the last two to three summers.  The rains in August and the monsoon season in the Southwest have helped a lot, but the situation hasn’t been remedied [...]

2020-05-04T18:00:08+00:00December 15th, 2013|Categories: Crop Growing Conditions, Managing Crop Irrigation|

2013 Crop Season In Review

The 2013 growing season has been interesting to say the least.  Variable may be a good summarization of the year. Drought conditions continued to dominate a good portion of the High Plains through the spring and early summer.  While central and eastern parts of Kansas and Oklahoma experienced more normal precipitation early in the growing [...]

2020-04-29T19:49:05+00:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Crop Growing Conditions|Tags: |

Drought Remains Concern

Spring is in the air, planting season is in progress, but what does Mother Nature have in store? “We are experiencing the worse drought since 1988 (and reminiscent of the 1930’s) in terms of coverage,” states Jeffrey Doran, Senior Business Meteorologist, Planalytics, Inc.  Most of that area consists of the Great Plains region and the [...]

2020-05-04T18:13:40+00:00May 1st, 2013|Categories: Crop Growing Conditions|

Dairy Producers Impacted By Lack of Moisture

The dairy industry has grown rapidly across the High Plains region over the last decade.  “Dairy numbers and number of cows have likely peaked in Western Kansas due to the limited supply of water,” states Dwight Koops, Crop Quest President. “Due to water allocations and lower output wells, keeping up with forage demands has proven [...]

2020-05-04T19:18:41+00:00March 1st, 2013|Categories: Crop Growing Conditions, Growing Triticale|Tags: |