NEWS
Winter Weather Outlook - 1
Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst
Wed Dec 26, 2012 06:10 AM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- William Shakespeare was not thinking of drought when he wrote the line "Now is the winter of our discontent" in Richard III, but limited precipitation this fall and winter in the Western Corn Belt (states west of the Mississippi River) is worrisome. The 2012 drought -- which reached historic proportions -- has depleted soil moisture supplies across this portion of the Corn Belt.

"2007 through 2011 were above-normal years for moisture in Nebraska and the central U.S.," said Mike Hayes, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center. "So, that gave us a little buffer for 2012. But ...

Quick View
  • Is Your Burndown Working? A cool, wet spring and the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds mean farmers should take the extra...
  • Gains on Covers It took Jerry Doan several years and a lot of trials, but the North Dakota beef producer has lear...
  • Side-by-Sides and Cool Helmets Side-by-side manufactures continue to roll out new machines and machine updates. Here are two more.
  • Stress Test for Borrowers Farm finances rate an "A" now, but economists debate if that's good enough to handle a major corr...
  • Senators Question EPA A group of U.S. senators Wednesday told President Barack Obama that his administration has not fo...
  • Climate Work Ahead at USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about GOP complaints regarding the Obama administration's work wit...
  • Full-Circle Farming Bill Couser sees farming as a full circle. If it comes off the farm, it can go back into the farm.
  • Making the Grade What if corn isn't cheap the next five years? Fickle price projections can sway farm bill choices.
  • Ask the Vet What's my best bet for fly control?
Related News Stories
DTN Ag Weather Brief
More Rain North, West Wednesday
Dry for Most Crop Areas Tuesday
El Nino Update
Rain in Eastern Areas Tuesday, Dry West
Rain Monday in Areas of Midwest, Plains
Arctic Warming Tied to Extreme Weather
Railroad Delays Interrupt Field Work
Southeastern U.S. to See Rain Friday
Snow North, Rain Southern Plains Thurs.