Agriculture

March 26, 2015--Managers: Drought could go 15 years (Dolores Star)

Today's snow will soon be used to irrigate farms, but it won't be enough for a bumper crop. Water managers at the Ag Expo explained water issues through the lens of a drought that's lingered in the region since 2000. In some ways, things have worked out as they should, said Eric Kuhn, of the Colorado River Conservation District.


March 25, 2015--Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate (Reuters)

Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced on Wednesday.


March 22, 2015--Colorado farm sales raise water worries (Albuquerque Journal)

Farmers on the Fort Lyon Canal are worried about their water supplies following news that 14,600 acres of farms on the Fort Lyon Canal are being sold, with the price of some land going up to $3,600 an acre. Farmers say that makes it too costly to use the land for growing corn and hay. Pure Cycle Corp.


March 20, 2015--New study analyzes climate change impacts in Colorado (Summit Daily)

Unlike Florida, which recently made headlines after word leaked that its Department of Environmental Protection was not allowed to use the term climate change, Colorado isn’t facing the threat of being underwater as the polar ice caps melt. The state is confronting its own set of critical vulnerabilities, which a new report recommends the state not only talk about openly but also wor


March 18, 2015--Overpumping of Central Valley groundwater creating a crisis, experts say (Los Angeles Times)

A simple instrument with a weight and a pulley confirmed what hydrologist Michelle Sneed had suspected after seeing more and more dirt vanish from the base of her equipment each time she returned to her research site last summer. The tawny San Joaquin Valley earth was sinking a half-inch each month. The reason was no mystery.


March 17, 2015--California water anxiety syndrome: Feel it yet? (San Francisco Chronical)

The feeling is inescapable, palpable, more than a little scary. I’m talking about California Water Anxiety Syndrome (CWAS), of course, that sinking feeling to trump all sinking feelings, that sour knot in the pit of the collective stomach, unnerving and strange and, let’s just admit, unutterably depressing. California, as you might have heard, is running out of water.


March 13, 2015--Record low snowpack in Western US (Crop Site)

"Nearly a third of our SNOTEL sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada are reporting the lowest snowpack ever measured," NRCS Hydrologist Cara McCarthy said. "For the first time, some sites were snow-free on March 1st. These areas can expect reduced summer streamflow." Recent storms helped relieve dry conditions in the Southwest.


March 13, 2015--As drought worsens, L.A. water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers (Sacramento Bee)

With the drought stretching into its fourth year, a heavyweight water agency from Los Angeles has come calling on Sacramento Valley rice farmers, offering up to $71 million for some of their water. The price being offered is so high, some farmers can make more from selling water than from growing their rice.


March 12, 2015--New fertilizer heralded for yield, lower water demand (TheCalifornian.com)

A new type of fertilizer introduced in Salinas last week has been shown to reduce nitrogen runoff, increase yield and lower water demand, particularly for almonds, a $246 million crop in Tulare County, while using produce scraps as a base ingredient. Still in early stage expansion mode, Sacramento-based California Safe Soil, or CSS, has plans to build five plants over the next five years a


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