Weather http://southwestfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/5980/more en Drought has long been part of Texas climate and will continue http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-has-long-been-part-texas-climate-and-will-continue <div class="node-body article-body">When drought settles in for several years, farm income suffers, and the shock waves of lost revenue rip across communities, counties, even regions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-has-long-been-part-texas-climate-and-will-continue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-has-long-been-part-texas-climate-and-will-continue#comments Water Shortage Drought Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:18:00 +0000 90001 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>DR. TRAVIS MILLER, left, chats with Dr. Craig Nessler, director of Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research, and Dr. Steve Searcy, head of the Texas A&amp;M University department of biological and agricultural engineering, at the recent Texas Plant Protection Association&rsquo;s annual conference in Bryan, Texas</p> Water availability limiting factor in ag production http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/water-availability-limiting-factor-ag-production <div class="node-body article-body">“The question of whether water is limiting our ability to produce is an easy one.” But the answer is more complex.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/water-availability-limiting-factor-ag-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/water-availability-limiting-factor-ag-production#comments Vegetables Drought Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:30:00 +0000 89891 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>J. ALLEN CARNES, Winter Garden area farmer, says water remains the No.1 limiting factor for crop production in Texas. Carnes spoke recently at the 26<sup>th</sup> annual Texas Plant Protection Association Conference in Bryan, Texas.</p> Drought status continues to improve across Southwest http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-status-continues-improve-across-southwest <div class="node-body article-body">Most of Texas shows that drought removal is likely, remains but improves, or continues to be drought-free.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-status-continues-improve-across-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-status-continues-improve-across-southwest#comments Water Shortage Drought Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:58:00 +0000 89681 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Oklahoma shows almost 60 percent of the state in moderate to exceptional status.</p> (U.S. Drought Monitor image) Some eastern NM lakes nearly full after fall floods http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/some-eastern-nm-lakes-nearly-full-after-fall-floods <div class="node-body article-body">Heavy rains benefited farmers in the Texas Coastal Bend and in Deep South Texas over the summer and fall months, and showers have improved dry conditions across most of Texas and in large parts of New Mexico.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/some-eastern-nm-lakes-nearly-full-after-fall-floods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/some-eastern-nm-lakes-nearly-full-after-fall-floods#comments Water Shortage Drought Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:54:00 +0000 89601 at http://southwestfarmpress.com LCRA seeks approval to cut irrigation water for fourth straight year http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/lcra-seeks-approval-cut-irrigation-water-fourth-straight-year <div class="node-body article-body">The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board of Directors voted 11 to 2 this week to ask permission from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to curtail releases from the lakes once again in 2015.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/lcra-seeks-approval-cut-irrigation-water-fourth-straight-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/lcra-seeks-approval-cut-irrigation-water-fourth-straight-year#comments Water Shortage Drought Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:22:00 +0000 89501 at http://southwestfarmpress.com SW drought abating but exceptional drought spots remain http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/sw-drought-abating-exceptional-drought-spots-remain <div class="node-body article-body">Areas considered in moderate to exceptional drought are beginning to diminish across the Southwest</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/sw-drought-abating-exceptional-drought-spots-remain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/sw-drought-abating-exceptional-drought-spots-remain#comments Water Shortage Drought Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:05:00 +0000 89461 at http://southwestfarmpress.com More lightning strikes predicted for the years ahead http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/more-lightning-strikes-predicted-years-ahead <div class="node-body article-body">New climate models are now predicting an increase in the number of lightning strikes in the years ahead, the result of warming temperatures.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/more-lightning-strikes-predicted-years-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/more-lightning-strikes-predicted-years-ahead#comments Management Precipitation Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:18:00 +0000 89441 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>A marked increase in lightning strikes appears certain in the future.</p> Getty Image by Hulton Archive Recent freeze came at good time for South Plains cotton http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/recent-freeze-came-good-time-south-plains-cotton <div class="field-byline"> Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">"This freeze shut everything down, terminated the crop, and hopefully opened up some bolls that weren’t open yet.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/recent-freeze-came-good-time-south-plains-cotton" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/recent-freeze-came-good-time-south-plains-cotton#comments Cotton Cotton Freeze Damage Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:52:00 +0000 89431 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Cotton in some areas of the South Plains received 1 inch to 2 inches of snow on Nov. 16, according to reports from Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service county agents.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Burns) Dancing to the El Niño shuffle http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/dancing-el-ni-o-shuffle <div class="node-body article-body">El Niño may require a month or more to develop and unleash its full effect.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/dancing-el-ni-o-shuffle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/dancing-el-ni-o-shuffle#comments Water Shortage El Nino Wed, 05 Nov 2014 03:14:00 +0000 89211 at http://southwestfarmpress.com President authorizes disaster aid for New Mexico floods http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/president-authorizes-disaster-aid-new-mexico-floods <div class="node-body article-body">Local officials say significant rains over the last two months saturated soils and were instrumental in increasing runoff and flood waters associated with September's tropical storms.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/president-authorizes-disaster-aid-new-mexico-floods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/president-authorizes-disaster-aid-new-mexico-floods#comments Water Shortage Flooding Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:27:00 +0000 89201 at http://southwestfarmpress.com