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OMAHA (DTN) -- Warmer, drier weather across much of the central U.S. the first week of June allowed farmers to push ahead with planting and also aided crop emergence, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday. NASS estimated that 97% of the nation's intended corn crop was planted as of Sunday, June 8, a gain of 4 percentage points from the previous week's 93%. This year's current progress is 19 percentage points ahead of last year at the same time and 3 perc
Percentage of U.S. area in drought sees significant year-over-year increase. At first glance, the level of U.S. drought might seem normal for this time of year, but it actually has risen sharply over even just the past two weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.“We are currently seeing almost 20% of country in drought. The exact number is 19.1%, and that is very close to the historic average of right around 20%,” USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey said. At first glanc
Average daily streamflows indicated in cubic feet per second.
Reservoir levels current as of midnight on date indicated.
Click on gaging stations (red dots) for streamflow hydrographs. Upper Snake River system is at 96 % of capacity. (Jackson Lake,Palisades, Grassy Lake,Island Park,Ririe,American Falls,LakeWalcott) Total space available:153119 AF Total storage capacity:4045695 AF
Agriculture commodity prices have been all over the board as markets adjusted to a variety of factors brought on by COVID-19. Perhaps no commodity market has covered more ground than Class III future prices. Those prices dropped 35% from January to the end of April. From there, they have recovered to pre-pandemic levels. Only ethanol, Class IV milk prices, and hogs have seen greater losses than Class III. None of those have recovered as far as Class III has. Numerically, the
In California, milk supplies are tighter than in the previous week. Some processors report not finding enough in-state milk to run their plants at full capacity. A few of them say that it is harder to bring in out-of-state milk to meet processing obligations. As the result, they are only using what's available to them within the state. Bottled milk sales are steady, whereas Class II demands are increasing. Milk production is stable to declining in Arizona. This is helping
This week, dry conditions were common across parts of the central and southern Great Plains, as well as parts of the northern Great Plains, particularly in North Dakota. Dry conditions were also common in much of the Intermountain West. However, above-normal rainfall occurred in eastern Washington, as part of an unusual severe thunderstorm event in Washington and Oregon on Saturday. Near or slightly below normal temperatures were found across much of the central and south-cen
Sugarbeet growers and cooperatives in the U.S. are expected to have a stronger financial year ahead, according to a new report by CoBank. The report says growers should see improved production and high prices for the 2020-2021 crop. Many growers and processors suffered through significant financial strains due to extreme weather, market uncertainty and severe crop production losses that plagued the 2019-2020 marketing year. The U.S. sugarbeet harvest last fall marked the fift
OMAHA (DTN) -- Pacific Ocean temperature analysis on June 3 shows that a La Nina cooling event is developing: It revealed a value of 0.5 degree Celsius below average. The half-degree Celsius below average is the threshold for La Nina. Temperatures of at least 0.5 degree Celsius below average cover the entire Pacific Ocean equator region east of the International Date Line. (NOAA graphic) La Nina is the term given when Pacific Ocean equatorial temperatures reach a sustained va
Federal Lawmakers from Wisconsin seek answers from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for dairy farmers. In a letter this week, four legislators from Wisconsin asked how contracts are awarded through the Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. In May, USDA announced it was awarding $1.2 billion in contracts out of the $3 billion program, which is meant to support farmers struggling with food supply chain disruptions by purchasing agricultural product
Optimism may be starting to sprout among farmers and ranchers, despite the impact COVID-19 is having on nearly every sector of agriculture. The latest Purdue University/CME Ag Economy Barometer showed a slight recovery for the month of May, up 7 points. That follows a dramatic drop in April when producer sentiments plummeted to 103. While outlooks start to improve, the Ag Economy Barometer is still nearly 40% below its all-time high of 168 set in February of this year. The sm