/Tag: Drought

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 [...]

Farming Down Under

Photo courtesy of Gavin Zell - 212 foot (65 m) Multifarming Systems airseeder, Moree, New South Wales, Australia.  Joel Heppel Agronomist in Ulysses, Kansas came to us from the land down under. In 2012, Joel and his wife were looking for a way to move closer to some of her family, when they discovered an open agronomist position [...]

2019-01-18T20:09:07+00:00January 1st, 2015|Categories: Agronomic|Tags: , |

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 [...]

2019-01-11T22:28:10+00:00July 1st, 2014|Categories: Agronomic, Drought, Growing Grain Sorghum (Milo)|Tags: |

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 [...]

2019-01-18T20:09:48+00:00February 15th, 2014|Categories: Drought, Planting|Tags: , |

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 [...]

2019-01-15T22:56:24+00:00December 15th, 2013|Categories: Agronomic, Crop Irrigation, Drought, Growing Alfalfa, Growing Corn (Maize)|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 [...]

2019-01-11T22:33:36+00:00May 1st, 2013|Categories: Agronomic, Growing Corn (Maize), Growing Wheat|Tags: , |

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 [...]

Corn Vs. Grain Sorghum In Water Limited Scenarios

Drought conditions continue to persist across much of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, and Eastern Colorado.  The US drought monitor reports that most of these areas are experiencing either extreme or exceptional drought, which are the two highest levels of drought that are reported.  Most long range weather forecasts are expecting drought conditions to [...]

2019-01-11T22:31:32+00:00January 1st, 2013|Categories: Growing Corn (Maize), Growing Grain Sorghum (Milo), Growing Sunflowers|Tags: |