Drought emergency in Wheeler County, Oregon

1 hour 2 minutes ago
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a drought emergency for Wheeler County, due to low snowpack, poor rainfall, low streamflows and warming temperatures. Wheeler County was the seventh county in the state to come under a drought emergency in 2018. The other six counties were Klamath, Grant, Harney, Lake, Baker and Douglas. KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21 (Redmond, Ore.), July 18, 2018

Warnings about outdoor burning in western Illinois

1 hour 40 minutes ago
Conditions in west Illinois were dry enough that fire officials were urging residents to be very careful about outdoor burning, given the dry weather. Fire restrictions could be a consideration if the dryness persists. WGEM-TV Quincy (Ill.), July 16, 2018

Hay demand high, prices high in Colorado

1 hour 49 minutes ago
Demand for hay was high in Mesa County, where irrigation was needed to make a crop, and most were short on water. Due to the drought, the price of hay was nearly double. Some producers were opting to sell livestock rather than buy expensive hay. One cattle producer had to sell his herd because no summer pasture could be located for them. KJCT-TV ABC 8 (Grand Junction, Colo.), July 17, 2018

Michigan crops hurt by drought

2 hours 2 minutes ago
Michigan corn and soybeans were stressed by heat and absence of rain, triggering wilting and leave rolling in many fields. The second cutting of hay was smaller than usual. Pastures were drying up, forcing farmers to begin giving supplemental feed to the livestock. Disease and pest pressures were light, thanks to heat and dryness. Most fruit trees and bushes were wilting from the lack of rain, and even more mature trees were affected. Apple growth slowed in eastern Michigan, due to dry soils. USAgNet (Marshfield, Wis.), July 17, 2018

Dryness hurting New York crops

2 hours 18 minutes ago
Hot, dry conditions were starting to harm corn, soybeans and other crops. Dry conditions also reduced hay production. USAgNet (Marshfield, Wis.), July 17, 2018

Grass brown, dry in Lucas County, Ohio

2 hours 30 minutes ago
Crops are holding their own with not a lot of new growth, have not mowed lawn in 3 weeks, grass is brown and dry. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Swanton 6.7 NNE on 7/17/2018

Grass stressed, cottonwood trees dropping leaves in Berrien County, Michigan

2 hours 36 minutes ago
For the week ending 7/15/2018, conditions were MILDLY DRY. The 7-day cumulative precipitation total of 0.03 inches was 96% below the 9-year (2009-2017) average of 0.83 inches for this date and in the “severely dry” range; the 30-day total of 6.33 inches was 54% above the 9-year average of 4.11 inches and in the “moderately wet” range; and the 90-day total of 15.13 inches was 26% above average and in the “mildly wet” range. The maximum daily precipitation was 0.03 inches on the 15th, which broke a string of 9 days without rainfall. Temperatures ranged from 87 (on the 13th) to 60 (on the 9th and 11th) degrees F, with average Hi/Lo temperatures of 84/66 F. Overall, the average high was the same as last week and the average low was 3 degrees warmer than last week. This week marked the first indication of stress to the grass in the front yard. Also, for the first time this year, the Eastern Cottonwoods have started to drop their leaves. Among birds, the most notable and persistent singer this week was the Eastern Wood-Pewee, which regularly averaged six songs/minute throughout during the daylight hours. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Buchanan 1.4 ESE on 7/17/2018

Yellow, dead leaves on trees in Elko County, Nevada

2 hours 40 minutes ago
It is getting much drier, especially over the last 15-30 days. All grasses are cured and sage is out of green up. Stress appears to be impacting trees, with some yellow/dead leaves. It has been roughly 30 days without 0.01 and 47 days with only 0.01. The dry pattern looks to continue. Additionally, fire activity has rapidly picked up the past 2 weeks. Another ~2 weeks of this pattern and may reconsider changing condition to moderately dry. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Spring Creek 0.9 SE on 7/17/2018
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