Winter wheat struggling in Southern Plains

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As drought continued to intensify in the southern Plains, the winter wheat crop continued to deteriorate. Even irrigation was not enough to ensure a healthy crop, and in some dryland fields, the crop did not germinate. The National Agricultural Statistics Service rated winter wheat as being in poor or very poor condition for 74 percent of the crop in New Mexico, 72 percent in Oklahoma, 53 percent in both Kansas and Texas, and 27 percent in Colorado. High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal (Dodge City, Kan.), March 15, 2018

Crops affected by dryness in Rio Grande Valley, Texas

1 day 2 hours ago
Rio Grande Valley cotton and corn growers wanted to begin irrigating earlier than normal because the weather has been unusually dry this year, hurting the crops. Rain usually falls in February or early March, with irrigation often beginning in mid-April. KRGV-TV Channel 5 Weslaco (Texas), March 14, 2018

Forage production below normal in Inyo County, California

1 day 5 hours ago
Livestock producer-10-1-17 thru 3-16-18 NRCS weather station (SCAN) reports .80 inches of prep. See NRCS SCAN Site California/Mono County/Marble Creek/2149. Forage production below normal. From Inyo County, California, on March 16, 2018

Drought slowed U.S. beef herd expansion

1 day 21 hours ago
The total number of beef cows in the U.S. on Jan. 1 was 31.7 million, the highest count since 2008, while breeding cattle inventories were slowing their rate of expansion. Drought in the central and southern Plains could shrink the herd with reductions beginning soon. (Mexico, Mo.), March 15, 2018

Burn ban in Brevard County, Florida

2 days 1 hour ago
A burn ban was in effect for Brevard County and other parts of the Florida Forest Service’s Orlando District because the dry season turned unusually dry in February, leading to an increased threat of brush fires. The forest service also added a second dispatcher for its shifts to be able to handle multiple fires, if needed. Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), March 9, 2018

West Central Texas farmers waiting to plant crops

2 days 6 hours ago
West Central Texas farmers were still waiting on rain to plant crops. Rangeland and pasture conditions remained very poor, while rangeland and soil moisture conditions were poor. Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas), March 13, 2018

Winter wheat deteriorating in Texas Panhandle

2 days 6 hours ago
The condition of winter wheat in the Texas Panhandle was deteriorating as dry, windy weather dried out the region. Rain was needed for spring planting. Wheat growers were irrigating where they had the capability. Cattle were being moved to wheat pastures to be grazed, while cattle on rangelands were given supplemental feed. Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas), March 13, 2018

Drought declaration for Klamath County, Oregon

3 days 21 hours ago
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an Executive Order approving a drought declaration for Klamath County and noted great concern for agriculture, livestock, natural resources and the economy in the upcoming growing season. Klamath Falls Herald and News (Ore.), March 14, 2018

Drought declarations in Kansas

3 days 21 hours ago
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer issued drought declarations for all 105 counties with Executive Order 18-11, recognizing all counties as being in emergency, warning or watch status. Counties in emergency status were eligible for emergency water use from certain state fishing lakes. Counties in a drought emergency included Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Hamilton, Harper, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Meade, Morton, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens and Sumner. The counties in a drought warning were Allen, Butler, Chautauqua, Chase, Cowley, Dickinson, Elk, Ellis, Ellsworth, Greeley, Greenwood, Harvey, Lane, Lincoln, Marion, McPherson, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Ness, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Trego, Wallace, Wichita, Wilson and Woodson. The counties in a drought watch were Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Brown, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Crawford, Decatur, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Geary, Gove, Graham, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Linn, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Miami, Mitchell, Nemaha, Norton, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Rawlins, Republic, Riley, Rooks, Shawnee, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Wabaunsee, Washington and Wyandotte. Hays Daily News (Kan.), March 13, 2018

Mandatory water restrictions in Canyon, Texas

4 days 3 hours ago
The city of Canyon entered Stage 2 of its drought contingency plan as one of its elevated water tanks remained unusable and the region continued to dry out. Watering restrictions were mandatory and followed a schedule determined by one’s address. Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), March 12, 2018

Weeds and grasses not growing at the rate they usually do in Otero County, Colorado

4 days 9 hours ago
Other county is now in the severely dry category. In February we had only appx. 1/2 an inch of snow. With the much needed moisture the winds came in and sucked all the moisture right out of the ground. Future forecasts are not looking good for any moisture. Have had to water trees, grass,shrubs and etc. during this extremely dry winter. When watering it's like the movie The Birds at times as all the birds are coming in to enjoy the water. I have chickens and ducks and at anytime you look out we are seeing big flocks of birds at the water. By this time previous years weeds and grass are up several inches. This year things have come up in late January and are still just sitting there not growing. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #La Junta 1.6 SW on 3/12/2018

Lack of moisture causing grass fires and moderate to unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups in Aiken County, South Carolina

4 days 10 hours ago
Although we are receiving some measurable liquid precipitation, Graniteville is 4.18 inches below normal for March and 9.85 inches below normal for 2018. Conditions have responded to the much cooler temperatures as blooming and budding rates have stopped or slowed down. Low temperatures in the low to mid twenty's and high temperatures in the mid 50's are slightly cooler than normal. We need abundant rainfall for conditions to respond to near normal levels. Receiving air quality readings in the MODERATE to UNHEALHTY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS due to allergens primarily pollen and burning of grassfires and backyard bonfires. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Graniteville 1.3 NE on 3/12/2018

Stateline fire in New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma

4 days 21 hours ago
The Stateline fire has consumed 27,000 acres of rugged, drought-stricken terrain in northern New Mexico, western Oklahoma and southeastern Colorado. The blaze was 40 percent contained, moving north and had blackened at least 10,000 acres in Colorado. Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.), March 12, 2018

Wildlife using water troughs in Kendall County, Texas

5 days 10 hours ago
Despite rain in the past month, soil is dry and cracking. Springs are not running and creek is at a slow flow. Wildlife is coming in to water troughs. Under burn ban. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Pipe Creek 5.5 NNE on 3/11/2018

Grass pasture affected in Weld County, Colorado

5 days 10 hours ago
Ground conditions very hard and dry. Grass pasture is in short supply, when the wind blows air conditions are very bad because of the dirt moving causing a haze. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #New Raymer 9.4 W on 3/11/2018

Lagoons no longer draining in Beaufort County, South Carolina

5 days 11 hours ago
Another week without meaningful rain, 0.03". Things are drying out, lawns need watering, lagoons are no longer draining. Spring trees are flowering with new succulent leaves and flowers, bi-annuals are up and flowering, birds are active. The hummingbird feeders have been hung with anticipation of my first sighting. Gardens need watering. And, what a mess with our annual friend, yellow pollen!! It's not only bad, but with only little dribbles of rain, everything is a MESS! Welcome daylight saving time! CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Bluffton 6.2 WNW on 3/11/2018
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