It's not very often that farmers and ranchers complain about the rain. For them, not only is water the essence of life, it is paramount to the success of their agricultural operations. But when is too much rain enough?
Since glyphosate-resistant water hemp and Palmer amaranth have been discovered in Texas in recent years, an exceptionally wet fall and winter and now spring season is causing concern that the growing season, while off to a good start, is also prime time for an exceptional uptick in weed problems across wide areas of Texas.
Because of multiple years of a debilitating drought, water flows in the Rio Grande have dropped dramatically, as they have in a pair of area reservoirs, the primary source of irrigation water to farmers in the region.
While U.S. poultry producers enjoyed one of the most profitable years on record in 2014, averaging margins of 13 percent before interest and tax, concerns are mounting within the industry as Avian influenza (AI) continues to spread worldwide, including to a number of states in the U.S.
While folk history would have us believe that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, National Weather Service forecasters are saying just the opposite is true when it comes to an infrequent climate development in the Pacific Ocean, one that can cause an exceptionally wet spring for parts of the Southwest this year.