drought http://wkms.org en Kentucky Food Prices Increase Following Last Summer’s Drought http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-food-prices-increase-following-last-summer-s-drought <p>Average retail food prices in Kentucky supermarkets increased a little over half a percent during the first quarter of this year according to the latest Market Basket survey from the Kentucky Farm Bureau.</p><p>Dan Smaldone, the Bureau’s director of public relations, said the Farm Bureau totaled the cost of forty basic grocery items and the price came to $116.27. He says that’s 74 cents more than the previous quarter. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:30:37 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) & Carly Lacey & Rob Canning 31156 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Food Prices Increase Following Last Summer’s Drought The Morning Cram [rain, rain go away edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-rain-rain-go-away-edition <p></p><p><strong>From NPR: </strong>Last year, drought devastated many <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/04/24/177783540/for-corn-fickle-weather-makes-for-uncertain-yields">corn farmers</a>, so you think they’d welcome all the spring rain. But it’s putting them behind schedule because they can’t plant in soaked fields. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:44:33 +0000 Whitney Jones 30953 at http://wkms.org The Morning Cram [rain, rain go away edition] Small Business Disaster Loan Deadline Approaches http://wkms.org/post/small-business-disaster-loan-deadline-approaches <p></p><p>Small businesses and agriculture operatives have less than a month left to apply for federal economic injury disaster loans as result of this summer’s drought. The deadline for the Small Business Administration assistance is March 12. &nbsp;Loans through the program can be up to $2 million with interest rates as low as four percent for eligible small businesses and three percent for nonprofits. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:23:26 +0000 Whitney Jones 28221 at http://wkms.org Small Business Disaster Loan Deadline Approaches Weekend Storm Temporarily Alleviates Dropping Water Levels http://wkms.org/post/weekend-storm-temporarily-alleviates-dropping-water-levels <p></p><p>This weekend’s rainfall has briefly alleviated dropping water levels on the Mississippi River, but it didn't put a dent in persisting drought conditions in the area. National Weather Service meteorologist Robin Smith says most places in western Kentucky got 4 to 5 inches but they are still up to 20 inches below average rainfall. The Mississippi River levels are between 12 and 13 feet but Smith expects those levels to drop back to 5 feet in just a few weeks. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:32:45 +0000 Whitney Jones 26761 at http://wkms.org Weekend Storm Temporarily Alleviates Dropping Water Levels Snowfall Not Expected to Fix Drought Damage http://wkms.org/post/snowfall-not-expected-fix-drought-damage <p></p><p>Although western Kentucky has already seen its first snow storm of the season, experts say much more will have to fall to ease farmers’ pain from the past summer’s drought. The Dec. 26 snow storm dropped up to 7 inches of snow in Kentucky and up to a foot in some places in Illinois. But climatologists say it would take at least 8 feet of snow to return the soil to its pre-drought condition in time for spring planting. The average snowfall for Paducah is 10 inches, so the large amount of snowfall isn’t likely to happen. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 13:54:00 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 26343 at http://wkms.org Snowfall Not Expected to Fix Drought Damage Corps Says Mississippi River Crisis Unlikely http://wkms.org/post/corps-says-mississippi-river-crisis-unlikely <p></p><p>A top Army Corps of Engineers official says an updated forecast means it’s unlikely the lower Mississippi River will close to shipping. Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy tells interested state lawmakers the agency won't scale back the amount of Missouri River water it began withholding last month from the Mississippi. Lawmakers and the barge industry had sought the extra water to prevent a shipping crisis. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:02:17 +0000 Angela Hatton & The Associated Press 25427 at http://wkms.org Corps Says Mississippi River Crisis Unlikely Despite Drought, Ky. Agriculture Revenues Could Set Records http://wkms.org/post/despite-drought-ky-agriculture-revenues-could-set-records <p>Despite experiencing one of the worse droughts in U.S. history, agriculture economists in Kentucky are projecting record cash receipts for the state’s farmers.</p><p>During their annual outlook during the Kentucky Farm Bureau conference, economists from the University of Kentucky say they think Kentucky will break the $5-billion barrier in revenues this year. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:44:22 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 25375 at http://wkms.org Despite Drought, Ky. Agriculture Revenues Could Set Records Corps of Engineers Moves Ahead with Missouri River Cutoff http://wkms.org/post/corps-engineers-moves-ahead-missouri-river-cutoff <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers has begun reducing the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low water conditions on the Mississippi River and potentially halt barge traffic at St. Louis within weeks. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 21:30:54 +0000 Associated Press 24860 at http://wkms.org Corps of Engineers Moves Ahead with Missouri River Cutoff Christmas Trees Another Crop Victim of Summer Drought http://wkms.org/post/christmas-trees-another-crop-victim-summer-drought <p></p><p>For some, a natural Christmas tree is the only way to go for the holidays.</p><p>The evergreen trees sold during the Christmas season take up to seven years to reach maturity. During that growing season, weather and animals are the tree farmer’s biggest enemies. This year the region’s industry was another victim of the 2012 drought. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:39:35 +0000 Angela Hatton 24792 at http://wkms.org Christmas Trees Another Crop Victim of Summer Drought Kentucky Agriculture Fares Better Than Predictions http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-agriculture-fares-better-predictions <p>Kentucky’s agriculture industry is faring better than early predictions.&nbsp; The agriculture industry, which includes crops, cattle and horses, earned more than $5 billion.&nbsp; That figure is beyond Kentucky’s reach this year, but University of Kentucky Agriculture Economist Will Snell says many farmers should still do okay.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:17:31 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 23939 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Agriculture Fares Better Than Predictions