Some crop failures in parts of South Texas

9 hours 7 minutes ago
A large part of South Texas remained dry, without improvement in rangeland and pasture conditions. Livestock continued to receive supplemental feeding. Some producers sold cattle and hauled water. Some corn, grain and cotton failed. The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas), July 17, 2018

Hay production light in North Texas

9 hours 25 minutes ago
North Texas hay production was much lighter than 2017, and the region needed rain to improve second cuttings. Ponds were shrinking, and livestock were getting supplemental feed. The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas), July 17, 2018

Texas panhandle crops needed rain

9 hours 31 minutes ago
All Panhandle crops, especially dryland fields, needed good rainfall. Rangeland was very dry, and corn was stressed by hot, dry winds. Some cow-calf herds grazed Conservation Reserve Program grasses, thanks to USDA authorized emergency grazing. The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas), July 17, 2018

Crops in need of rain in South Plains of Texas

9 hours 37 minutes ago
Dryland cotton that managed to emerge and even some irrigated cotton desperately needed rain in the South Plains of Texas. Pasture, rangeland and winter wheat also needed the moisture. The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas), July 17, 2018

Pasture, rangeland condition poor in East Texas

9 hours 42 minutes ago
In East Texas, producers in Smith County were looking for information on purchasing hay, and pasture and rangeland conditions in Angelina and Harrison counties were poor. The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas), July 17, 2018

New Hampshire Drought Management Team meeting in Concord

10 hours 23 minutes ago
The New Hampshire Drought Management Team has a meeting scheduled at the state’s Department of Environmental Services in Concord on July 19 to assess drought conditions and management procedures. SentinelSource.com (Keene, N.H.), July 17, 2018

Hay, pasture growth affected by drought in Cheshire County, New Hampshire

10 hours 30 minutes ago
Pasture regrowth on a Cheshire County farm was slow to nonexistent, due to drought, according to the producer. He rotates his lambs on the pasture, but that will not help if the pasture does not regrow. A dairy farm was also struggling with reduced hay yields and slow growing feeding pastures that strain budgets when feed reserves must be used. Trees at an apple orchard in Walpole had yellow leaves, and lawns on the grounds were brown. SentinelSource.com (Keene, N.H.), July 17, 2018

Water demand up, supply down in Fremont County, Colorado

11 hours 46 minutes ago
Water production was higher than normal at the Florence Water Treatment plant, due to drought and high water demand for firefighting. The level of the Arkansas River was dropping and may lead to water restrictions. In Canon City, the water superintendent was urging people to adopt efficient water use habits. Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.), July 18, 2018

Reservoir discharge reduced in Oneida County, New York

12 hours 25 minutes ago
Water discharge from the Delta Reservoir was reduced to compensate for poor rainfall over the last three months, increased evaporation and heat. The water level in the reservoir was about 3 feet lower than normal, according to the New York State Canal Corporation. Utica Observer-Dispatch (N.Y.), July 17, 2018

Some towns implementing mandatory watering bans around Norfolk County, Massachusetts

12 hours 51 minutes ago
Past week featured 0.67" of rain which has helped maintain mildly dry conditions. Most of this fell in thunderstorms on July 10. Still seeing dry spots on lawns in sunny areas but shady areas remain green. Neighboring towns which rely on well water have instituted mandatory watering bans. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Norwood 1.3 NW on 7/16/2018

Hay production down, cattle sales anticipated in Missouri

12 hours 57 minutes ago
Missouri farmers who responded to a Missouri Farm Bureau survey reported that the drought was severely hitting hay production and will likely force many producers to sell livestock. Ninety-eight percent of respondents reported that their first cutting of hay was of poorer quality or quantity than usual, averaging 43 percent below normal production. In northwest Missouri, more than 86 percent anticipated needing to purchase hay to get them through until spring, but just 13 percent said hay was available for purchase in their area. Producers expected to travel at least 110 miles to find suitable hay. In addition, hay prices have risen about 106 percent, and reaching as high as 130 percent in northwest Missouri. Seventy-two percent of respondents expect to have to sell some of their herds, due to drought. Of that 72 percent, more than 60 percent felt they would have to sell at least 20 percent of their herd. Montrose Daily Press (Colo.), July 18, 2018

Mature trees wilting; ponds losing water in Johnston County, North Carolina

13 hours 58 minutes ago
With no rain since the last report, conditions are getting drier. Mature trees including oaks, sassafras, tulip poplars and flowering dogwoods are wilting and in some cases shedding leaves. Nearby crops are still showing signs of stress. I don’t have an accurate way to measure the water level in the 15 acre pond (a future project), but it continues to drop, with no water entering, to about 10 inches below full. Areas that we mow are brown and crunchy. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Clayton 6.8 ESE on 7/15/2018

Farmers struggling to irrigate crops; fishing industry taking a hit due to poor water conditions in Rowan County, North Carolina

14 hours 35 minutes ago
Zero rain since my last report of 7/7/18. We are about an inch below normal now for 2018. We have had 1.33" of rain in the last 42 days or a 4.3" deficit when we were ahead over 5" this spring. This has all occurred while 90 degrees has been the norm. No records just hot late June and early July temperatures with little to no clouds or rain. Leaves are falling from trees like early fall. Brush fires are increasing, ponds are at a low for the year if not non-existent to farmers that need water for stock or crops. Wildlife is coming out at unusual places and times to get food and water. Fishing has been hurt due to poor water conditions in most areas. Yards are yellowing and farmers are desperate for water or paying for pumping to irrigate for crops. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Salisbury 3.4 NW on 7/15/2018
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