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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Weather researchers are developing a new tool that they say could give Oklahoma farmers and ranchers as much as a month’s warning when drought conditions are on the way. The Evaporative Stress Index is a system being developed by the United States Department of Agriculture. The system uses satellite data to predict…

New tool will help Oklahoma farmer predict drought

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DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) – Cotton and peanut farmers in Alabama’s Wiregrass region are hoping for rain to boost their yields. Agronomist Brandon Dillard told The Dothan Eagle (http://bit.ly/W0wnAe ) that farmers have already lost some of their crop to dry conditions. He said more losses are possible unless there is more rain. Federal meteorologists have classified…

Ala. cotton, peanut farmers hoping for rain

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DETROIT (AP) – Michigan peach farmers are harvesting a significantly smaller crop than usual this year after an especially severe winter. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1wH8EWW ) the U.S. Agriculture Department forecasts that the state’s crop will be down about 50 percent from last year. Extreme cold wiped out most peach buds in Macomb, Oakland…

Michigan peach crop suffers after harsh winter

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Monarch butterflies could disappear from North America unless more is done to protect their rapidly vanishing habitats, conservation groups told the Obama administration in a legal petition Tuesday. The filing seeks to list the monarchs as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act and designate “critical” areas across the country to guarantee the monarchs a place to…

Monarch Butterflies Down 90% In Two Decades

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North Dakota farmers have a big Big Oil problem. And by big Big Oil problem, I mean oil being transported by rail taking precedence over all those wheat, corn, and soybean passengers. Grain crops could now have a long wait at the train station. Cheerios boxes may become collector’s items. Oh, but I kid, but General…

Grain crops could rot because of Big Oil “pushing” them off trains

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U.S. Corn futures fall in 3rd straight session U.S. corn futures fell for the third consecutive session on Wednesday, amid expectations of record yields across much of the U.S. grain belt.On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, U.S. corn for December delivery dipped 0.34%, or 1.2 cents, to trade at $3.6360 a bushel during U.S. morning hours. Prices…

U.S. Corn futures fall in 3rd straight session

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Orange trees burning down to the ground in Florida is the newest and most recently concerning sight for the $9 billion industry, as farmers attempt to control the spread of a disease. They’re infected by the Asian bug citrus psyllid, which carries with it a bacterium that infects the fruits and feeds on citrus tree leaves,…

Florida Orange Trees Threatened By Asian Bugs Carrying Bacteria

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The drought-stricken U.S. West is guzzling so much groundwater that the Earth’s crust is starting to “rise up like an uncoiled spring,” California scientists said on Thursday. In some places, the Earth has lifted by more than half an inch. Using data points from hundreds of GPS stations, researchers found that nearly 62 trillion gallons of…

Groundwater Loss In US West Causing Earth’s Crust To Lift

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PULLMAN, Wash., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Livestock manure is a nutrient-packed resource that should not be categorized, classified or regulated in the same way as human waste, according to Pius Ndegwa, Ph.D, WSU Biological Systems Engineering School Associate Professor and livestock manure specialist. He explains that the main difference between human waste and livestock manure…

Expert Clarifies Differences Between Human Waste & Livestock Manure

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New Satellite Data Will Help Farmers Facing Drought

About 60% Of California Faces An “Exceptional Drought”

Rosalie Murphy, JPL Earth Science and Technology Directorate About 60 percent of California is experiencing “exceptional drought,” the U.S. Drought Monitor’s most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California’s last two winters have been among the driest since records began in 1879. Without enough water…

New Satellite Data Will Help Farmers Facing Drought