CAPITOL CHATTER USDA provides drought loans to farmers
Farmers in 26 Minnesota counties affected by drought are eligible for federal loans.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the loan program Friday, putting local Farm Service Agency offices in... Posted on 10/26/12 at 11:43 AM
WORTHINGTON — Brimming with colorful annuals and all sorts of options for perennial gardens, greenhouses are often the go-to destination in the spring. But with a ban on nonessential watering in the city of Worthington, some residents are thinking they’ll have to forego the beautiful blooms this year.
Farmers at the mercy of snow, drought WORTHINGTON — In a typical year, the region’s crop producers would have had their small grains planted by early April, their corn in the ground by the end of April, and their soybeans rolling out of planters and into farm fields by the first week of May.
With low water levels and bans on non-essential use, what is the state of the resource locally? WORTHINGTON — Looks can be deceiving, especially when recent rains and melting snow have brought flowing water to streams that have been dry, and covered the surfaces of lake beds where deep crevices told the story of a severe drought last fall.
Region's water supply in need of recharge
WORTHINGTON — Crop farmers are almost giddy at the prospect of getting some much needed moisture this weekend, but they aren’t the only ones crossing their fingers and watching the skies.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council met with DNR Hydrologist Tom Kresko in a special early morning meeting Thursday to discuss water levels on Lake Okabena, the city’s ability to get water from Herlein-Boote Slough and the concerns over the dropping water levels at the city’s well fields at Lake Bella.
Requests to tap into water system becoming more frequent
WORTHINGTON — The city of Worthington may have been able to tap added water supply from the Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water system, but more than half a dozen rural residents in Nobles County are still on a waiting list to get rural water.
Crops look good from road, but discoveries in rows tell different story
BEAVER CREEK — Jim Willers plucked a soybean plant out of one of his fields south of Jasper Tuesday morning and pointed out the dried buds where green bean pods should have been hanging.
Livestock, poultry producer groups say high feed costs jeopardizing meat production
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Livestock and poultry groups from across the country have banded together to request the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implement an immediate waiver of the nation’s Renewable Fuels Standard for corn-based ethanol in light of continued drought conditions.
WORTHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s drought monitor has put southwest Minnesota — and nearly all of southern Minnesota — in the moderate to severe drought category, leaving farmers concerned about soil moisture as we move into the long winter season.
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