agricultural drought News

  • Understanding the historical probability of drought

    Droughts can severely limit crop growth, causing yearly losses of around $8 billion in the United States. But it may be possible to minimize those losses if farmers can synchronize the growth of crops with periods of time when drought is less likely to occur. Researchers from Oklahoma State University are working to create a reliable “calendar” of seasonal drought patterns that could ...

  • Program designed to help prepare for droughts

    Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Asia `will be hit hard by drought in 2020s`

    Asia's wheat and maize production will be severely affected by climate change as early as the 2020s — with potentially devastating impacts on food security, a report warns. Previous climate change projections have covered ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Drought in Haiti ravages crops for farmers

    Jean-Romain Beltinor plunged a hoe into the rocky dirt on his parched hillside to prepare for planting seeds he does not have. After months of drought in northwest Haiti, the subsistence farmer struggles to find food for his 13 children. To earn a little money, he must turn to work that only makes things worse, cutting what little wood remains for charcoal. "The rain isn't falling. I can't feed ...


    By Associated Press

  • ALERT: Special Webinar `Managing Through the Drought`

    The hot, dry conditions are significantly impacting crops across a wide area of the United States and it's already leaving many in the agriculture community concerned about long-lasting effects. The American Society of Agronomy is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 and scheduled from Noon to 1:30 p.m., Central Standard Time.  This specially planned webinar will feature a ...

  • Free webinar: Managing nutrients after the drought

    Join a panel of experts as they discuss how to practice good nutrient management in the wake of this year's drought Sponsored by the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council and hosted by the American Society of Agronomy The drought of 2012 will long be remembered for its devastating effects on crops across a huge swath of North America's most productive soils. And ...

  • Droughts may shrink wine cork industry

    Climate change is threatening cork production in the forests of Spain and Portugal, making it more difficult to produce traditional wine bottle stoppers and putting an ancient and valuable industry at risk. A recent study by Portuguese researchers shows that cork − the thick bark of an oak tree species found mostly in the Iberian Peninsula − grows at a much slower rate during intense, ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Record September Temperatures Extend Southeast Drought

    ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, October 17, 2007 (ENS) - Temperatures in September 2007 were the eighth warmest on record, hot enough to break 1,000 daily high records across the United States, say scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville. The global surface temperature was the fifth warmest on record for September, and the extent of Arctic Sea ice reached its lowest ...

  • Breweries persuade drought-hit farmers to switch crops

    A partnership between academics and a beer company, which sent sorghum prices soaring in East Africa, has been highlighted as a way of harnessing agricultural research to fight the effects of drought such as the one in the Horn of Africa. The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) linked up with Kenya-based East African Breweries Limited (EABL) in 2009 to address a missing link between ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Drought-tolerance: a learning challenge for poor farmers

    Drought-tolerant crops could improve food security — if researchers take downstream adoption challenges seriously, says Travis Lybbert. Few aims have attracted as much attention and investment from private, public, academic and philanthropic sectors in recent years as drought tolerance (DT) in agriculture. In the past decade, more than US$1 billion has been spent on DT research and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • A long history but slow uptake of drought-tolerant crops

    In his opinion article, Drought-tolerance: a learning challenge for poor farmers, Travis Lybbert points to a growing interest in drought-tolerant (DT) crops in recent years, largely motivated by impending climate change. In fact, research and development ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Better grazing practices hold key to Kenyan droughts

    The current drought in northern Kenya has deep roots in the current practices of pastoralists that need to be addressed, says conservationist David Western. Failed rains have tipped the balance from poverty to starvation for 12 million in the Horn of Africa. But they don't explain the depth of the tragedy, any more than the growing threat of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Agricultural technologies must be `appropriate`

    How an agricultural technology is generated and where it comes from — be it through local efforts or global centres —  are not as important for development as whether the product is appropriate, says development expert, Sara Delaney. 'An appropriate technology is accessible, affordable, easy-to-use and maintain, effective — and most importantly, it serves a real need', says Delaney. A ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Innovative Irrigation Filter Helps California Combat Drought

    A leading US filtration specialist has developed a new product which could help to combat the severe water shortage that is blighting the South-West. California is currently suffering through one of the worst droughts in the past century, threatening the state’s massive agricultural sector. Porvair Filtration Group Inc.’s Sinterflo® MC metal mesh composite product line - ...


    By Porvair Filtration Group

  • 1.5 million `severely` hit by drought in Afganistan- minister

    At least 1.5 million people in 19 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces - mostly farming communities in the north - have been severely affected by drought and are in need of urgent humanitarian relief, an Afghan minister told IRIN. Listen to the audio report in Dari and Pashto. 'About 1.5 million people have lost 70-80 percent of their livelihoods - mostly rain-fed agriculture and livestock - owing to ...


    By IRIN Association

  • Agriculture to 2050 – the challenges ahead

    Agriculture must become more productive if it is to feed a much larger world population while responding to the daunting environmental challenges ahead, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said here today. Opening a two-day High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050 Diouf told the 300 delegates that over the next 40 years: 'The combined effect of population growth, strong income ...

  • Agricultural Bacteria: Blowing in the Wind

    It was all too evident during the Dust Bowl what a disastrous impact wind can have on dry, unprotected topsoil. Now a new study has uncovered a less obvious, but still troubling, effect of wind: Not only can it carry away soil particles, but also the beneficial microbes that help build soil, detoxify contaminants, and recycle nutrients. Using a powerful DNA sequencing technique, called ...

  • Australian Government accepts advice on two drought regions of NSW

    Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke today announced the Government has accepted advice that Exceptional Circumstances (EC) declarations should be lifted in two areas of NSW. The EC declarations for Central North North-West Coonabarabran Revision and Central North North-West Northern Slopes Revision will lapse on 30 April 2009. Central North North-West Coonabarabran ...


    By Australian Government

  • New Zealand will take years to recover fully from drought

    It will take years to recover fully from this year’s drought, even though recent rains have restored soil moisture in many parts of the country, agriculture minister Jim Anderton told a field day at a South Canterbury Monitor Farm today. A national drought meeting yesterday reviewed the latest information on the drought and Jim Anderton said there were good news stories at last. “The good news is ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • Kenyan farmers may soon receive first drought payout

    Insurers will assess in October whether Kenyan farmers signed up to the Index-Based Livestock Insurance scheme will receive their first payment, after the worst drought in the region for 60 years. The scheme, which has been piloted in northern Kenya since early 2010, uses freely-available ...


    By SciDev.Net

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