drought http://iowapublicradio.org en News Buzz http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-0 <p>Host Ben Kieffer gets the latest on news from around Iowa.&nbsp; MidAmerican Energy gives an update on the power outage which left almost 40,000 Des Moines-area residents in the dark. IPR's Joyce Russell discusses changes to the problematic Toledo Juvenile Home.&nbsp; The DNR has a new report which looks at drought conditions in Iowa.&nbsp; Also, Dubuque native Brooks Wheelan joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live."</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:39:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Emily Woodbury 29416 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz Drought Conditions are Worsening Across the State http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-conditions-are-worsening-across-state <p><em> </em></p><p>The <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/">U.S. Drought Monitor</a>’s weekly update shows drought worsening and spreading across&nbsp; the state. The monitor’s report includes Iowa in a Midwest section badly needing rain.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Iowa State University Climatologist <a href="https://twitter.com/ElwynnTaylor">Elwynn Taylor</a> says this week’s report is listing more of Iowa in a severe drought category.</p><p>“And it includes now almost all of the southern part of Iowa, and almost all of the central,” he says.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:59:01 +0000 Dean Borg 28638 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Conditions are Worsening Across the State Hot and Dry Weather Hard on Landscapes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hot-and-dry-weather-hard-landscapes <p> It's been hot and dry in Iowa for weeks, and our landscapes are starting to show signs of stress.&nbsp; On Horticulture Day, Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe discusses the difficulties of maintaining our lawns and gardens through the heat.&nbsp; Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and ISU Associate Professor of Horticulture Cyndi Haynes offer their expertise and advice.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:23:57 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Charity Nebbe 28353 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hot and Dry Weather Hard on Landscapes Mississippi River Levels Rise Slowly http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mississippi-river-levels-rise-slowly <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It got pretty shaky there for a bit, as river levels fell dangerously low, slowing down barge traffic essential to exporting Iowa’s grain crops. Mike Peterson with the Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis says they were able to keep boats moving until mother nature stepped in to make the Mississippi navigable again.&nbsp;</span></p><p>"I think it’s a source of relief for a lot of folks in the Corps, the Coast Guard and the river industry."&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 20:57:51 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 17761 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mississippi River Levels Rise Slowly Winter Weather & Callie Crossley On Talking Openly About Race http://iowapublicradio.org/post/winter-weather-callie-crossley-talking-openly-about-race-0 <p>Even though Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, don’t bet old man winter is done with us just yet. Today on River to River, we talk about the winter storms we’ve had this year… and if there’s been progress towards drought recovery. Also, journalist Callie Crossley joins our conversation to talk about race relations in the U.S. and where there’s room for improvement.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:57:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer 17227 at http://iowapublicradio.org Winter Weather & Callie Crossley On Talking Openly About Race Thirsty Iowa - The State of Our Water Supply http://iowapublicradio.org/post/thirsty-iowa-state-our-water-supply <p>Water, it’s there when you turn on the faucet, or the sprinkler, it’s in the plastic bottles at the convenience store and washes away down the storm sewers when it rains.&nbsp; On today's Talk of Iowa, we give this life giving substance some of the thought it deserves with Charles Fishman, best-selling author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water."</p><p>Also, UI assistant professor and researcher, Craig Just, joins us to talk about an effort to monitor river runoff by attaching sensors to river mussels.</p><p></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:52:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe 15973 at http://iowapublicradio.org Thirsty Iowa - The State of Our Water Supply Does Drought Have an Upside? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/does-drought-have-upside <p>Over the past several months, we’ve been reporting on lots of problems caused by a lack of rain. And for good reason – the historic drought plaguing Iowa and much of the nation has dried up crops, destroyed landscaping, and killed off fish.</p><p>But like with most things, there can be a silver lining.</p><p>John Larson makes wine at <a href="http://snushillwine.com/">Snus Hill Winery</a> in Madrid, Iowa. This time of year, he’s not growing grapes – but he is mixing wine in giant, silver tanks.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:52:24 +0000 Sarah McCammon 13959 at http://iowapublicradio.org Does Drought Have an Upside? Drought Update: Iowa Soil Still Drier Than Normal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-update-iowa-soil-still-drier-normal <p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Like many Midwestern states, Iowa is closing the 2012 calendar year with soil moisture deficits after this summer's drought. But with the new crop year at least four months away, Iowa State University Climatologist Elwynn Taylor is seeing some spotty</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Taylor credits abundant fall rains with helping mitigate the drought, at least for now.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:37:18 +0000 Dean Borg 12698 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Update: Iowa Soil Still Drier Than Normal Low Mississippi River levels could leave farmers in fertilizer crunch http://iowapublicradio.org/post/low-mississippi-river-levels-could-leave-farmers-fertilizer-crunch <div class="article-body"><p></p><p></p><p>Southbound barges on the Mississippi River carry grain destined for world markets. Those barges regularly pass northbound tows with thousands of tons of fertilizer heading to Midwestern ports and, later, to farmers’ fields.</p><p>But this year’s drought is adding an element of uncertainty to those shipping patterns, as Mississippi River levels reach record lows. Water levels have fertilizer shippers scrambling to get their product to market before low water dries up their most important shipping route.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:01:50 +0000 Jacob McCleland 12553 at http://iowapublicradio.org Low Mississippi River levels could leave farmers in fertilizer crunch Top Iowa News Stories of 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/top-iowa-news-stories-2012 <p>2012 was another big year for news in Iowa. &nbsp;The headlines ranged from pink slime and spaceships, to the presidential election and financial scandal.&nbsp; Ben Kieffer counts down the top 10 news stories of the past year, plus some honorable mentions.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:29:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer 12522 at http://iowapublicradio.org Top Iowa News Stories of 2012 Dust Bowl memories offer present warning http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dust-bowl-memories-offer-present-warning <p></p><p>The Dust Bowl of the 1930s is the subject of a new documentary from Ken Burns airing this month on PBS television stations. The man-made disaster left an indelible mark on the Midwest and on history — and, as Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock reports, today’s extensive corn production could make the region vulnerable once again.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:11:49 +0000 Grant Gerlock 10798 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dust Bowl memories offer present warning Drought's Impact on Iowa Trout Streams Could Intensify http://iowapublicradio.org/post/droughts-impact-iowa-trout-streams-could-intensify <p>The attention often centers on agriculture when a drought hits. But new Iowa Department of Natural Resources numbers show the state’s stream flows are well below normal and groundwater levels are reaching historic lows. There's a ripple effect in how the drought will affect the state’s fish.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Clay Masters 8912 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought's Impact on Iowa Trout Streams Could Intensify Drought Resistant Corn Yields http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-resistant-corn-yields <p></p><p>After the dry summer, this harvest offers a good look at what drought resistant corn can do. In conjunction with Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer reports the big companies may soon be touting their results, but farmers may not rush to plant drought resistant seed next year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 8897 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Resistant Corn Yields Drought Means Mixed Harvest for Pumpkin Growers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-means-mixed-harvest-pumpkin-growers <p>With Halloween approaching, attention is turning to pumpkins. But not all pumpkin fields are filled with orange.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:47:58 +0000 Dean Borg 8755 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Means Mixed Harvest for Pumpkin Growers Drought And The Economy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-and-economy <p>What is the economic impact of this year’s drought? When it comes to food prices, agricultural experts and analysts say it means a spike due to soaring corn prices, but consumers may not see higher prices in the grocery store until 2013.&nbsp;Then we look at other economic factors in the Midwest, including how the 2012 Presidential Election could affect crude oil prices.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:51:20 +0000 Dean Borg 7964 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought And The Economy Dry Summer Means Real-Life Test for Drought-Resistant Corn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dry-summer-means-real-life-test-drought-resistant-corn <p>One of Iowa’s largest agribusiness companies has a huge investment riding on this year’s prolonged drought. A new hybrid seed corn developed by DuPont Pioneer is being touted for its ability to improve yields under the driest conditions.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 7195 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dry Summer Means Real-Life Test for Drought-Resistant Corn Drought Does Not Discriminate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-does-not-discriminate <p>In May of 2008, an EF5 tornado hit Parkersburg and New Hartford in Northeast Iowa. Two weeks later. the entire town of New Hartford was evacuated because of flooding. In both cases, property owned by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and his family was spared. This summer’s natural disaster however is different.&nbsp; Although the Grassleys' farmland in Butler County will still produce a crop, the yields are greatly reduced. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank walked with Senator Grassley&nbsp;through his corn and soybean fields on Wednesday afternoon.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:57:45 +0000 Pat Blank 6787 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Does Not Discriminate Home Improvement In A Time Of Drought http://iowapublicradio.org/post/home-improvement-time-drought <p>The heat has placed a lot of stress on gardens and other vegetation, but what about your home? Host Charity Nebbe talks with home improvement expert, Bill McAnally, about problems that can arise with your roof, deck, foundation, or other areas because of the dry weather and how to fix them.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 16:57:08 +0000 Charity Nebbe 5826 at http://iowapublicradio.org Home Improvement In A Time Of Drought Horticulture Day: Landscaping http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-landscaping <p>This summer it&rsquo;s not really a question of making sure that the plants in your landscape thrive, it&rsquo;s a question of making sure that they survive. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University&#39;s&nbsp; Extension Entomologist, Donald Lewis, and the Head of the Horticulture Department, Jeff Iles,&nbsp;about ways to reduce the stress on your plants right now and how to design a landscape that demands less water for the future</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:10:18 +0000 Charity Nebbe 5347 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: Landscaping Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net http://iowapublicradio.org/post/livestock-producers-caught-without-safety-net <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there&rsquo;s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. They are being turned away from government offices when they ask for help. What&rsquo;s the holdup? Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s Peggy Lowe reports that aid for livestock producers is tied up in Washington politics.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:28:46 +0000 Peggy Lowe 5345 at http://iowapublicradio.org Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net Crop Insurance to the Rescue http://iowapublicradio.org/post/crop-insurance-rescue <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.7em; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1.1em;">Stop by most any unirrigated farm across the lower Midwest and you&#39;ll see crops in distress. Midwestern corn and soybean farmers are taking a beating during the recent drought, but it&#39;s not likely to drive many out of business.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:33:44 +0000 Frank Morris 5282 at http://iowapublicradio.org Crop Insurance to the Rescue Summer Drought http://iowapublicradio.org/post/summer-drought <p>Most of Iowa is now experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions&hellip; along with more than half the country.&nbsp; On today&#39;s &quot;River to River&#39; we hear from farmers, business owners and cities about how they&rsquo;re being affected.&nbsp; We talk with Elwynn Taylor about the prospects for turning the dry weather around.&nbsp; And Harry Hillaker tells us how this drought compares with others in the state&rsquo;s history.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:45:08 +0000 Ben Kieffer 4952 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Drought Drought sinks teeth into Iowa cities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-sinks-teeth-iowa-cities <p>With drought conditions now gripping more than half the country, many farmers in Iowa are waiting to see if they&rsquo;ll even have much of a crop to harvest. While farm country feels the brunt of the drought, those in the city are also being hit. Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Clay Masters reports.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:54:34 +0000 Clay Masters 4907 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought sinks teeth into Iowa cities Drought hurts grain farmers, but hits livestock producers hardest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-hurts-grain-farmers-hits-livestock-producers-hardest <p>It&rsquo;s official: Iowa is deep in the throes of a drought. State climatologist Harry Hillaker is calling it the worst drought since 1988. Yesterday Hillaker joined Governor Branstad at a town hall in Mount Pleasant. Farmers from across the state came to share concerns&mdash;but the most worried? It wasn&rsquo;t those with thirsty grain crops;&nbsp; it was livestock farmers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:22:57 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 4862 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought hurts grain farmers, but hits livestock producers hardest