One-month EDDI drought monitor
One-month EDDI drought monitor

Developing Drought Ready Farms March 22, 2018

Sometimes drought can seem to develop quickly and without warning. Having a drought plan that incorporates prediction and drought-monitoring tools can help keep growers from being caught off-guard.

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High Plains Climate Center a Hub of Weather Data for 30 Years December 11, 2017

The High Plains Regional Climate Center quietly turned 30 this year, while it continued to collect and make available a host of climate data, organized and taught numerous climate training workshops and answered hundreds of consumer calls.

The center didn’t pause to celebrate.

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December 5, 2017 Drought Monitor for Nebraska

Dry November Conditions Lead to Major Shift in Drought Monitor December 7, 2017

After a drier and warmer than normal November, the Drought Monitor showed a marked increase in how much of Nebraska was dry, increasing the "abnormally dry" area from 9% to 61% this week.

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Summer precipitation patterns

Nebraska Entering a Dry Phase for Next 6-7 Years December 5, 2017

A closer look at wet and dry periods for the last 120 years in Nebraska indicates the state is entering a dry phase expected to continue for the next six to seven years. While there may be wetter "exception" years during this period, the general trend is for drier than normal precipitation during this period.

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Frost-damaged corn
Figure 1. Buggy-whipping, shown hear in the two plants on the left, is when dead leaf tissue traps new leaf tissue, is one symptom of frost-damaged early season corn. (Archive photo by Roger Elmore)

Risk of Freeze Damage in Early-Planted, Emerged Corn April 28, 2017

Early-season freeze damage results in a range of potential yield impacts. Severe damage is often limited to low-lying areas within a field because cool air is heavier than warm air. Early season survival of corn plants is attributed to growing-point protection below the soil surface; however, a hard frost can penetrate the ground and kill plants. Regrowth of corn following freeze damage is often impeded by dead leaf tissue that can entrap new leaves.

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Nebraska map showing median dates for 30 F freeze in spring
Figure 1. Median date of last 30°F temperature in spring. (Source: Nebraska State Climate Office)

Nebraska Springs Trending to Warmer and Wetter Conditions April 14, 2017

Nebraska climatologists discuss changing conditions in the state, identifying a trend toward slightly warmer and wetter springs. Three maps show median and early and last freeze dates across the state.

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saturated corn field

Potential Impact on Crops from Changes in Spring Climate Trends April 7, 2017

A shift toward warmer and wetter springs may create opportunities and also challenges for Nebraska farmers. The change may alter the timing of many agricultural processes, management decisions, pest pressures as well as growing season length. This article outlines potential impacts and their effects in a number of these areas.

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Screen capture of Elwynn Taylor on using climate data to manage production risk

UNL & ISU Climatologists on Using Climate Data to Manage Risk March 31, 2017

View presentations from ag climatologists from Nebraska and Iowa on how weather and climate influence crops and how growers can access and use climate trends to make informed risk management decisions.

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