drought http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Price Of Beef Impacted By Nation-Wide Drought http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/price-beef-impacted-nation-wide-drought <p>The price of beef hit an all-time record this quarter at $5.55 a pound—a full 25 cents higher than last year at this time.&nbsp; Ann Wittmann, Director of the Wyoming Beef Council, says it’s a case of supply and demand.&nbsp; A nation-wide drought&nbsp;has reduced herd sizes to&nbsp;the lowest they’ve been in 60 years&nbsp;and that is driving up the price for both consumers and producers.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:09:20 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58296 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Price Of Beef Impacted By Nation-Wide Drought Snowy Winter Brings Record Snowpack http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/snowy-winter-brings-record-snowpack <p>Snowpack around the state is above average this year. Tony Bergantino, a climatologist with the Wyoming State Climate Office, says it’s the highest snowpack on record in five of Wyoming's basins.&nbsp;</p><p>“They’re all above normal, and up in the upper northwest and southwest and in the central part of the state, they’re at the lowest,” se says. “And that’s still about 114-115 percent of normal.”</p><p>Bergantino&nbsp;says the snowy winter has brought most of the state out of drought conditions. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:10:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55789 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Snowy Winter Brings Record Snowpack Ranchers produce more meat with fewer animals http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ranchers-produce-more-meat-fewer-animals <p>The U.S. cow herd is small right now because of the extended drought that’s plagued large swathes of the country. But though dry conditions have driven ranchers to sell off animals they would have otherwise kept, the decreasing size of the national herd is a trend decades in the making. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports on how livestock producers in Wyoming are turning out more meat with fewer animals.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:07:44 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51632 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ranchers produce more meat with fewer animals Crop recovery is good news for cattle ranchers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/crop-recovery-good-news-cattle-ranchers <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After last year’s crushing drought, wetter weather is helping crops recover, and prices are dropping.</span><br>&nbsp;</p><p>US corn yields are up, according to IHS, Inc., a company that publishes stock market industry data. The company expects corn and soybean prices to drop by 10 percent in the third-quarter of this year.<br><br><br><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brett Moline of the Wyoming Farm Bureau says that means it’s cheaper for feed lots to finish more cattle, which is good news for cattle ranchers.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:52:27 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 46763 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Crop recovery is good news for cattle ranchers Colorado Basin states cut back water flow to deal with low reservoir levels http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/colorado-basin-states-cut-back-water-flow-deal-low-reservoir-levels <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:41:39 +0000 Irina Zhorov 45480 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Colorado Basin states cut back water flow to deal with low reservoir levels Forage Field Day meant to help new hay growers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/forage-field-day-meant-help-new-hay-growers <p>After a harrowing drought and a wet spring, Wyoming’s hay inventory is down and prices are holding steady.<br><br>Still, the forage market is a fickle industry, says Wyoming Business Council Crop and Forage Program Manager Donn Randall. He says hay values are not standardized the way other commodities are.<br><br>“It’s so subjective to the buyer’s preference,” Randall says. “Horse people, they want it green and leafy, and you know, dairy people, they have to have relatively high feed values.”<br> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:56:32 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 42323 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Forage Field Day meant to help new hay growers Study: Elk pregnancies unaffected by wolf presence http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-elk-pregnancies-unaffected-wolf-presence <p></p><p></p><p>A study by the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit shows that elk are not especially stressed out by the presence of wolves.</p><p></p><p>Pregnancy rates among migratory elk herds near Yellowstone have declined, and one theory was that wolves were harassing the elk – causing them to run and hide, and depriving them of grazing opportunities.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:28:04 +0000 Willow Belden 42215 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study: Elk pregnancies unaffected by wolf presence Energy group says fracking water report is sensational http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/energy-group-says-fracking-water-report-sensational <p></p><p></p><p>An energy group says a recently released report overstated issues of water use by the oil and gas industry. The Western Organization of Resource Councils released the report last month and said regulators need to consider the quantity of water the energy industry uses, in addition to the quality.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 00:16:01 +0000 Irina Zhorov 40478 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Energy group says fracking water report is sensational Despite storms, Wyoming could still face summer water shortages http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/despite-storms-wyoming-could-still-face-summer-water-shortages <p></p><p></p><p>Last year’s drought could impact the Wyoming water supply this summer.<br><br>The National Weather Service says that, although recent storms have helped replenish mountain snowpack, there might not be enough to get back to normal levels of runoff, which is state’s most common water source for crops and municipalities.<br><br>NWS Hydrologist Jim Fahey says that’s because the upper soil levels were parched by the drought and will likely absorb much of the runoff. Fahey says this could become especially problematic for some people during the summer months.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 23:41:52 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 40476 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Despite storms, Wyoming could still face summer water shortages Wyoming could see another drought this summer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-could-see-another-drought-summer-1 <p>The National Weather Service says spring temperatures and precipitation should be near normal in Wyoming.</p><p>But Forecaster Paul Skrbac says that trend might not continue for the rest of the year.</p><p>“As we get into summer it looks like the odds increase that it’ll be a little warmer than normal,” Skrbac says, “and potentially a little dryer than normal.”</p><p>Skrbac says there’s still a chance that temperatures and precipitation could be average this summer, but it doesn’t look likely.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:29:07 +0000 Luke Hammons 37899 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming could see another drought this summer Wyoming could see another drought this summer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-could-see-another-drought-summer-0 <p>The National Weather Service says spring temperatures and precipitation should be near normal in Wyoming.</p><p>But Forecaster Paul Skrbac says that trend might not continue for the rest of the year.</p><p>“As we get into summer it looks like the odds increase that it’ll be a little warmer than normal,” Skrbac says, “and potentially a little dryer than normal.”</p><p>Skrbac says there’s still a chance that temperatures and precipitation could be average this summer, but it doesn’t look likely.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:29:05 +0000 Luke Hammons 37898 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming could see another drought this summer Wyoming could see another drought this summer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-could-see-another-drought-summer <p>The National Weather Service says spring temperatures and precipitation should be near normal in Wyoming.</p><p>But Forecaster Paul Skrbac says that trend might not continue for the rest of the year.</p><p>“As we get into summer it looks like the odds increase that it’ll be a little warmer than normal,” Skrbac says, “and potentially a little dryer than normal.”</p><p>Skrbac says there’s still a chance that temperatures and precipitation could be average this summer, but it doesn’t look likely.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:29:02 +0000 Luke Hammons 37897 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming could see another drought this summer Another year of drought could spell disaster for ag community http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/another-year-drought-could-spell-disaster-ag-community <p>Last year was the driest year Wyoming has seen in more than a century, and the dry spell has not let up. As a result, farmers and ranchers have had to make tough decisions and are deeply concerned about their livelihood for the coming year. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:09:29 +0000 Willow Belden 36100 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Another year of drought could spell disaster for ag community Unseasonable weather equally likely to stay or go http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/unseasonable-weather-equally-likely-stay-or-go <p>This year has been unusually dry so far, and the National Weather Service says it’s not clear if – or when – that trend will change.</p><p>Meteorologist Trevor LaVoie says it’s equally likely that the next few months will be wetter than usual, drier than usual, or just average.</p><p>“There’s no el niño or there’s no la niña phase that’s currently in the outlook,” LaVoie said. “So there’s no signal to say one way or the other that we’re going to be above or below average.”</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:17:04 +0000 Willow Belden 35652 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Unseasonable weather equally likely to stay or go 2013 Snowpack Forecast Just Short of Average http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/2013-snowpack-forecast-just-short-average <p></p><p>Wyoming’s snowpack is roughly 20% lower than it was at this time last year. It’s currently&nbsp;at 83% of what is considered normal. But&nbsp;state water supply specialist&nbsp;Lee Hackleman&nbsp;says forecasts indicate that 2013 will be a&nbsp;“neutral year”, meaning we may end up with only slightly below average&nbsp;snowpack&nbsp;going into the summer.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:14:53 +0000 Sara Hossaini 34815 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 2013 Snowpack Forecast Just Short of Average Most of Wyoming has severe drought http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/most-wyoming-has-severe-drought <p>The U.S. Drought Monitor says extreme drought conditions now cover much of southern and eastern Wyoming after a dry August.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;The program's map shows all of Sweetwater, Laramie, Goshen, Platte and Niobrara counties are in an extreme drought, the fourth-worst out of five categories.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Conditions in most of Converse and Weston counties and in parts of six other counties are also classified as extreme drought.<br>&nbsp;<br>Most of the rest of the state is in a severe drought, the third-worst category.<br>&nbsp; Wed, 05 Sep 2012 23:44:34 +0000 Associated Press 29653 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Most of Wyoming has severe drought Drought, hay shortage mean tough economic times for Wyoming ag industry http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/drought-hay-shortage-mean-tough-economic-times-wyoming-ag-industry <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says this year’s hay crop will be the worst in decades, because of the drought. Hay is already in short supply, and prices have spiked. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports that the hay shortage is forcing ranchers to make tough choices and could have a lingering economic impact on the state’s ag industry.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:57:51 +0000 Willow Belden 29454 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Drought, hay shortage mean tough economic times for Wyoming ag industry Drought Stunted Hay Crop Takes Heavy Toll On Ranchers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/drought-stunted-hay-crop-takes-heavy-toll-ranchers <p></p><p>The drought this season has taken its toll on farmers growing hay. The U-S Department of Agriculture is predicting that Wyoming’s hay crop this year will be the worst since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. Platte County Extension Agent Dallas Mount joins us now to talk about that. He tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden the situation is ALREADY very bad.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:24:38 +0000 Willow Belden 28747 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Drought Stunted Hay Crop Takes Heavy Toll On Ranchers Drought-induced hay shortage drives up prices http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/drought-induced-hay-shortage-drives-prices <p>The USDA is predicting that this year&rsquo;s hay crop will be the worst in decades because of the drought.</p><p>Platte County Extension Agent Dallas Mount says most Wyoming hay farmers are producing only half as much hay as usual, and some are producing none at all. He says that&rsquo;s driving up prices.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:12:55 +0000 Willow Belden 28626 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Drought-induced hay shortage drives up prices Wyoming facing worst hay crop in decades http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-facing-worst-hay-crop-decades <p>New U.S. Agriculture Department estimates indicate Wyoming is facing one its worst hay harvests in terms of acreage in nearly 80 years.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hay is Wyoming&#39;s biggest cash crop, and it also is the one suffering the most from a lack of rains earlier in the season.<br />&nbsp;<br />USDA crop yield estimates released late last week project Wyoming&#39;s overall hay harvest this year to yield about 925,000 acres of hay.<br />&nbsp;<br />If realized, that would make 2012 the single worst year for Wyoming hay acreage since the Dust Bowl days of 1934.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:55:43 +0000 The Associated Press 28517 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming facing worst hay crop in decades State Agriculture Deputy Meets With Ranchers To Hear Drought Concerns, Point Them To Resources http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-agriculture-deputy-meets-ranchers-hear-drought-concerns-point-them-resources <p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/openspaces.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wpr&amp;MEDIA_ID=1016472&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=openspaces "><strong>Listen to the interview</strong></a></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:55:50 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 27285 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Agriculture Deputy Meets With Ranchers To Hear Drought Concerns, Point Them To Resources Drought puts Wyoming in largest-ever natural disaster designation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/drought-puts-wyoming-largest-ever-natural-disaster-designation <p>The US Department of Agriculture has named more than 1,000 counties &ndash; about a third of all counties nationwide &ndash; to be natural disaster areas. The drought-driven designation is the largest the USDA has ever made.</p><p>In Wyoming, all but a small corner in the northwest part of the state is currently dry, with designations ranging from Abnormally Dry to Extreme Drought.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Todd Even of the Farm Service Agency in Wyoming says that in some areas it&rsquo;s estimated that more than fifty percent of range land or grass hay crop has been lost.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:26:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 27034 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Drought puts Wyoming in largest-ever natural disaster designation Riverton adopts drought plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/riverton-adopts-drought-plan <div _fallwcm="1" class="bdyItmPrt" id="divBdy"><div><div><div><div style="margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font size="3"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Concerns about possible water shortages have lead the Riverton City Council to adopt a drought plan and implement mild restrictions.</span></font></span></font></span></div><div style="margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font size="3"><span style="font-size:13pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></span></font></span></div>< Mon, 21 May 2012 13:23:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 24366 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Riverton adopts drought plan Dry weather could lead to hay shortage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dry-weather-could-lead-hay-shortage <p>The Natural Resources Conservation Service is warning that the warm, dry weather this spring could drive up winter hay prices.</p><p>Wyoming&rsquo;s snowpack is less than 30 percent of average, and Water Supply Specialist Lee Hackleman says farmers who get their water by diverting streams and rivers will be left high and dry.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;ll be a lot of people who will probably get their first cutting irrigated but won&rsquo;t have any water for their second cutting,&rdquo;<br /> Hackleman said. &ldquo;So there&rsquo;s liable to be a hay shortage again this winter.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 14:41:03 +0000 Willow Belden 24257 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dry weather could lead to hay shortage Wyoming could be headed for a drought http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-could-be-headed-drought <p>Water specialists at the Natural Resources Conservation Service say that snowpack throughout the state is well below what&rsquo;s average at this time of year. The northwest corner of the state is closest to what&rsquo;s considered normal, but the state-wide average is 54 percent of that.</p><p>Water specialist for the NRCS, Lee Hackleman, says this could mean drought.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:39:47 +0000 Irina Zhorov 23009 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming could be headed for a drought