drought News

Researchers Developing Tool to Help Oklahoma Farmers Predict Drought

Weather researchers are developing a new tool they say could give Oklahoma farmers and ranchers as much as a month’s warning when drought conditions are on the way. The Evaporative Stress Index is a system being developed by the U.S. …

Hay Prices Soaring Thanks to California Drought

The cost of feeding California’s horses and cows is skyrocketing as the state’s persistent drought sends hay prices to historic highs. Tracy Underwood of the Santa Rosa Equestrian Center told the Press-Democrat these days she pays more than $20 for …

Eight Homes, 10 Buildings Destroyed by California Wildfire

A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield, Calif.  has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening. The fire was 15 percent contained after consuming …

Wheat Harvest Down, Kansas Farmers See Income Decline in 2014

One of the worst wheat harvests in decades followed by an abundant corn and soybean crop that’s driving down prices have Kansas farmers preparing for a sharp income decline after several good years. The agricultural sector contributed nearly one-third of …

Boating, Rafting Operators at Tahoe Put out by Drought

After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe. Larry Boerner, owner of the paddlewheeler Tahoe Gal, said he can offer sightseeing cruises …

AP Finds That Wildfire Citations in California Applied Unevenly

A review by The Associated Press of California government data has found a wide discrepancy in how state and local fire officials apply fines and citations for failing to clear vegetation in areas prone to wildland blazes. Property owners in southern …

Oregon Irrigators out of Water as Drought Persists

In the third year of a drought, reservoirs in far Eastern Oregon are low, and farmers are running out of irrigation water. South of Ontario, Jay Chamberlin of the Owyhee (oh-WEYE’-hee) Irrigation District in Nyssa (NIS’-uh) says he’s been telling …

Water Wasters in California Could Be Fined $500 A Day

In one of the most drastic responses yet to California’s drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. The rules would …

Drought Threatens To Dry Up California Farm Wells

Farmers in pockets of California hardest hit by the drought could begin to see their wells run dry a year from now if rain and snow remain scarce in the agriculturally rich state, according to a study released Tuesday. Richard …

Drought Designation Given to 5 Idaho Counties

Federal officials have designated five Idaho counties as natural disaster areas due to recent drought conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday declared that Butte, Clark, Custer, Jefferson and Washington counties qualified for federal assistance. The designation means farmers …