Recent Rains Won't Be Enough to Rid Plains, Southwest of Drought

 

By Tyne Morgan, AgWeb

June 1, 2021

 

As the 2021 planting season enters its final phase, a growing drought may be just getting started.

 

“I think we're in the fourth driest year in record,” says Tyler Ribeiro, a dairy farmer in Tulare, California. “We're also seeing our second year of drought.”

 

Ribeiro says without snowpack this winter, some farmers are facing a year with no surface water for irrigation, and with the escalating cost farmers will have to pay for groundwater, fallowed acres are becoming more common. 

 

“People are not farming. That's the concern,” he says. “We have people pulling out hundreds of acres of farmland just so they have enough water to grow what they can, not what they need, but what they can. That's the concern.”

 

A dire situation...

 

Little Relief in North Dakota ... 

 

Forecast Turns Drier Again ...

 

Too Wet in Missouri, Mid-South ...

 

more, including links, drought and precip maps, video report [7:28 min.] 

https://www.agweb.com/news/crops/crop-production/recent-rains-wont-be-enough-rid-plains-southwest-drought