drought http://wfpl.org en Report: Soil Conservation Could Help Reduce Climate Change-Related Crop Losses http://wfpl.org/post/report-soil-conservation-could-help-reduce-climate-change-related-crop-losses <p>A new report says farmers are relying too much on crop insurance to manage the risks of farming, and soil conservation would be a better long-term solution.</p><p>From 2001 to 2010, the Federal Crop Insurance Program averaged about $4 billion a year in payouts to farmers for lost crops. Last year, that amount was a record-breaking $17.3 billion to farmers across the country…nearly all for crops lost because of drought, heat and hot wind. More than $1.5 billion of that money went to farmers in Kentucky and Indiana.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:51:32 +0000 Erica Peterson 6622 at http://wfpl.org Report: Soil Conservation Could Help Reduce Climate Change-Related Crop Losses Barge Owners Want Beshear's Help in Raising River Level http://wfpl.org/post/barge-owners-want-beshears-help-raising-river-level Several companies that operate barges on the drought-stricken Mississippi River have asked Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to intervene by calling for a presidential disaster declaration.<p> The companies, including three based in Paducah, say such a request could be a first step in getting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from the Missouri River to improve the flow of theMississippi.<p> The companies made the appeal in a Dec. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:03:27 +0000 Associated Press 3128 at http://wfpl.org Barge Owners Want Beshear's Help in Raising River Level The Dust Bowl: Ken Burns Chronicles an Environmental Disaster http://wfpl.org/post/dust-bowl-ken-burns-chronicles-environmental-disaster <p>Last night, the second part of Ken Burns' latest documentary premiered on PBS. "The Dust Bowl" tells the story of the people who farmed the Great Plains in the 1920s and 1930s; many stayed on once the ground dried up and dust storms became commonplace, while others moved west to find work.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:11:41 +0000 Erica Peterson 2570 at http://wfpl.org The Dust Bowl: Ken Burns Chronicles an Environmental Disaster Comer Says Corn, Soybean Yields Better Than Expected http://wfpl.org/post/comer-says-corn-soybean-yields-better-expected <P>The drought last summer will reduce corn and soybean harvests in Kentucky, but not to the degree once feared. That’s the assessment of state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.<p> <P>"Yields are a little better than what we thought they were going to be, which says a lot about technology about the corn seed, because there are a lot of those counties, in Fulton County and Calloway County, that didn’t’ get any rain in May, June or July but they still yieled something. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:54:36 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 1815 at http://wfpl.org Comer Says Corn, Soybean Yields Better Than Expected Drought Conditions Could Affect Honeybee Colonies http://wfpl.org/post/drought-conditions-could-affect-honeybee-colonies <p>The drought that’s been plaguing areas of Kentucky and Indiana for much of the summer could end up having an effect on honeybee colonies, too.</p><p>Sean Burgess is Kentucky’s state apiarist. He says this time of year is critical for bee colonies, because it’s when they harvest nectar to make the honey that nourishes them through the winter.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1504 at http://wfpl.org Drought Conditions Could Affect Honeybee Colonies Nearly All of Kentucky is Now Officially a "Drought Disaster Area" http://wfpl.org/post/nearly-all-kentucky-now-officially-drought-disaster-area <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture <a href="http://migration.kentucky.gov/newsroom/governor/20120820drought.htm" target="_blank">has designated another 68 Kentucky counties</a>, including Jefferson, as drought disaster areas.</p><p>With the new drought declaration, Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties are the only Kentucky counties <em>not</em> officially in a drought. These counties are all clustered in the southeast part of the state.</p><p>University of Kentucky meteorologist Matt Dixon says the drought has been months in the making.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:25:28 +0000 Erica Peterson 1389 at http://wfpl.org Nearly All of Kentucky is Now Officially a "Drought Disaster Area" Drought Devastates Kentucky Corn Crop http://wfpl.org/post/drought-devastates-kentucky-corn-crop <p><a href="/post/drought-deepens-hardest-hit-parts-us">The hot, dry summer</a> has taken a toll on Kentucky&#39;s corn crop, which could result in the lowest yields in nearly 30 years.</p><p>A government report issued Friday predicts an average statewide corn yield of 65 bushels an acre. That&#39;s down 74 bushels from last year&#39;s crop. And it would be the lowest yield since the 1983 crop produced 48 bushels per acre.</p><p>Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at nearly 97 million bushels, down 46 percent from last year.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:24:49 +0000 The Associated Press 1286 at http://wfpl.org Forage Sales Directory Available For Drought-Stricken Farmers http://wfpl.org/post/forage-sales-directory-available-drought-stricken-farmers <p>Drought-stricken Kentucky farmers in need of hay or other forages for their livestock can seek help through a state<a href="http://www.kyagr.com/buyky/corral/haylistingpara.aspx"> Department of Agriculture website</a>.</p><p>Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says a forage sales directory is up and running that can match up farmers with forages for sale with those whose pastures and fields have been dried up by the drought.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A <a href="http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~johnsonk/ForageFinder/search.php">similar program</a> is also available for farmers in Indiana.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:46:07 +0000 Rick Howlett 1248 at http://wfpl.org Forage Sales Directory Available For Drought-Stricken Farmers McConnell Discusses Kentucky Drought Conditions With Agriculture Secretary http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-discusses-kentucky-drought-conditions-agriculture-secretary <p>Urging federal assistance, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Friday to discuss the impact <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/drought-worsening-kentucky-indiana">severe drought conditions</a> are having on Kentucky farmers.</p><p>The U.S. Drought Monitor released a new report this week showing the severity of the heat wave and lack of rainfall is worsening across the country, and that the amount of land classified as having &quot;extreme&quot; or &quot;exceptional&quot; drought is over 20 percent.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:52:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1145 at http://wfpl.org More Indiana Counties Under Drought Disaster http://wfpl.org/post/more-indiana-counties-under-drought-disaster <p>The lingering drought has led the U.S. <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=DISASTER_ASSISTANCE">Department of Agriculture</a> to declare a natural disaster in 14 more of Indiana&#39;s 92 counties.</p><p>The USDA added the north-central Indiana counties today.&nbsp; Along with adjacent counties, they qualify for low-interest relief loans from the federal government.</p><p>Fifty counties earlier had been declared natural disaster areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:50:28 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 1122 at http://wfpl.org More Indiana Counties Under Drought Disaster