Latest Droughts News

Drought haves, have-nots test how to share water in the West

Sep. 16, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Phil Fine stands in a parched field and watches a harvester gnaw through his carrot seed crop, spitting clouds of dust in its wake. Cracked dirt lines empty irrigation canals, and dust devils and tumbleweeds punctuate a landscape in shades of brown. ...

Australia predicts record farm production despite challenges

Sep. 14, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is forecast to reap record farm revenues this year despite pandemic challenges, a mouse plague and a trade dispute with China. Australian farmers are expected to sell 73 billion Australian dollars ($54 billion) in produce in the...

Kernza crop part of Minnesota farmers' eco-friendly lineup

Sep. 13, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Don Wyse has long been an evangelist for perennial crops. The University of Minnesota professor, who leads the U of M Forever Green Initiative, now thinks the potential of those crops is beginning to be realized. “It took us 30 years to get to...

Farmer says harvests will vary across South Dakota

Sep. 12, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota farmer says harvests will vary widely across the state because some pockets have been spared from the drought. Travis Mockler farms corn, alfalfa and soybeans in the southeastern part of the state. He says even farmers in the same...

Drought drying Carson River hits Nevada pastures, ranchers

Sep. 12, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sixth-generation rancher Devere Dressler remembers seeing the Carson River teeming with fish as it flowed out of the eastern Sierra Nevada range, where the peaks were always capped with snow. Now, as the impacts of severe drought are felt across the...

Rain helps in California fire fight, lightning sparks others

Sep. 11, 2021 00:56 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thunderstorms that dropped light rain gave some breathing room to crews struggling to quench California's massive wildfires but lightning sparked several new blazes in the drought-stricken north, fire officials said. The storms that rolled through...

California firefighters chase new fires ignited by lightning

Sep. 10, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters scrambled Friday to quash fires ignited by lightning as thunderstorms with mostly small but welcome amounts of rain rumbled across drought-stricken Northern California, where forests have been burning for weeks. Firefighters were...

Farmers restore native grasslands as groundwater disappears

Sep. 09, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

MULESHOE, Texas (AP) — Tim Black‘s cell phone dings, signaling the time to reverse sprinklers spitting water across a pie-shaped section of grass that will provide pasture for his cattle. It's important not to waste a drop. His family's future depends on it. ...

Farmers restore native grasslands as groundwater disappears

Sep. 09, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

MULESHOE, Texas (AP) — For decades, the Texas Panhandle was green with cotton, corn and wheat. Wells drew a thousand gallons (3,785 liters) a minute from the seemingly bottomless Ogallala aquifer, allowing farmers to thrive despite frequent dry spells and summer heat. ...

Gardening when it's dry: Prep soil, select plants wisely

Sep. 07, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

Is your summer a summer of drought? No need to sit back and accept what Mother Nature offers — you can soften the impact of dry weather on your garden. The time to start preparing for dry conditions is long before they occur, but plans made now will help down the road....