Spring 2019: By the Stats

“Indeed, there have been tornadoes this 2019 spring, but the big story ‘far and away’ is the overall agricultural economic impact of damages caused by the incessant heavy rains and flooding across a large swath of the nation’s heartland…as one meteorologist put it.  “It was a ‘perfect storm’ in regard to all the flooding, which […]

What’s the Real Wildcard in the Summer Forecast?

Ranchers, farmers and others are preparing for a continuation of a largely wetter than normal summer especially in the Plains, and the Rockies.  Just released Thursday, June 20th, the Climate Prediction Center’s latest outlook for July-August-September (JAS) calls for a tilt towards a continuation of the below normal temps and above normal rainfall in the […]

In its Second Year Grass-Cast Continues to Improve: See What’s New in 2019

A good tool in the tool box…is how Grass-Cast is being described, to predict how much grass ranchers might have for the grazing season.  Grass-Cast is a website tool which provides forecasts of grassland plant production for ranchers in the Great Plains, beginning in spring and updating the forecasts every two weeks. “Hopefully, Grass-Cast helps […]

Spring in South Dakota

“We calve on the range and are sure getting tired of the weather,”…South Dakota rancher Larry Stomprud summed up the latest seasons which have been affecting many South Dakota farmers and ranchers. Stomprud, of Mud Butte, who is also the immediate past-president of South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, said ranchers have been dealing with a double […]

Corn Planting Delays

There’s growing frustration for farmers planting corn in the nation’s heartland; due to several rain delays and in some cases, severe flooding from El Niño’s wet spring. For the latest, we take a look around the Corn Belt to see what’s going on with planting and how farmers are dealing with the excessive rainfall over […]