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Current Farm Report 8-11-12 FOCUS: Animal and Fish Die-off Due to Drought

 
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Current Farm Report 8-11-12 FOCUS: Animal and Fish Die-off Due to Drought
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crops are coming in early...what can be salvaged...they are saying could be the earliest crop since 1987.



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aug. 8, 2012

Farmers Seeking Hardier Breeds to Cope with Drought

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins who are accustomed to hot weather. New corn varieties are emerging with larger roots for gathering water in a drought. Someday, the plants may even be able to "resurrect" themselves after a long dry spell, recovering quickly when rain returns.

Across American agriculture, farmers and crop scientists have concluded that it's too late to fight climate change. They need to adapt to it with a new generation of hardier animals and plants specially engineered to survive, and even thrive, in intense heat, with little rain.



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Photos: Animals Struggle To Beat The Heat

By Climate Guest Blogger on Aug 12, 2012 at 11:01 am



[link to indianaeconomicdigest.com]

A cow and her calf are herded into the auction arena Saturday at the Springville Feeder Auction. Some farmers in southern Indiana have sold their entire herds because their fields are barren, ponds and streams have shriveled and buying feed is too expensive. See more photos and listen to an audio slideshow of the cattle auction at HeraldTimesOnline.com/video.



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Droughts Kill Thousands: Fish, Mussels, Birds, and Deer
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By Catherine Griffin
08/06/2012


Martin Hamel from the University of Nebraska Lincoln received a text from his airboat mechanic on a Monday morning—there had been a large fish kill on the Platte River, a waterway that winds its way through Nebraska and past towns such as Louisville and Ashland. The next day, Hamel’s fears were confirmed. He and a team of others found the bodies of sturgeon and other fish spread across the muddy bottom of what had once been a flowing river. Partially eaten by scavengers and left to rot in the blazing sun, most of the fish were difficult to identify. Yet the team did find one fish that had been tagged five years before—it was an endangered pallid sturgeon, a fish that had originally been stocked into the Missouri River.....


As drought conditions continue, though, water levels keep dropping. Farmers clamor for irrigation for drooping crops while the FWS tries to keep enough water for endangered species.

Although drought conditions are bad now, George remembers that tougher times might still be coming. “We still have the hottest time of the year ahead of us,” he says.

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South Korean heat wave kills 780,000 chickens
Posted on August 8, 2012
August 8, 2012 – CLIMATE – South Korea’s extended heat-wave has taken its toll on both humans and animals, with more than 830,000 chickens or other poultry reported dead as of Wednesday. The agriculture ministry said 786,512 chickens, 40,780 ducks, 3,000 quail, 336 pigs and five cows have died since July 20, when the peak temperature began hovering above 33 Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit) in most areas.
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The drought-like situation

Posted on August 7, 2012

Currently, several districts in Sindh province, in particular, remote rural parts are facing a severe drought-like situation.
The situation is reported alarming in Kachho, Kohistan, Thano Bola Khan, Jacobabad, Kashmor, Kandh kot, Rohri etc. where water–thirsty people have to travel miles and miles in search of water and polluted water has become their fate to quench thirst. Livestock, wild animals and birds are also reported dying due to drought like situations in the remote areas.
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Drought: Bad for the Gulf ‘dead zone’ after all?

By Twilight Greenaway

Last week, I wrote about how this year’s unusually small Gulf dead zone may offer less reason to celebrate than you’d think. Yes, less rainfall has indeed meant less farm runoff into the Mississippi, resulting in fewer nutrients from fertilizer and livestock in the Gulf, and thus a smaller lifeless aquatic area (or “dead zone”). In normal years, however, this zone is still continuing to expand. And, until the face of farming changes — so that commodity producers rely less heavily on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer and animal agriculture is less concentrated — this pattern isn’t going to change.

As it turns out, there’s more to the relationship between drought and nitrogen than I’d originally thought. Eric Davidson, executive director and senior scientist at Woods Hole Research Center — a Massachusetts-based think tank focused on climate and natural resources — shared some additional science that suggests we might really want to hold off on celebrating.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Heat, drought and other factors contributing to recent elk deaths
MDC has some answers from initial examinations but is awaiting additional test results.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is awaiting additional laboratory test results to help determine the causes of recent elk deaths, including six cow elk. One yearling bull elk was also recently found dead along with three calves, two of which were born to cow elk that died. All deaths occurred in mid-to-late July and involved elk relocated earlier this year from Kentucky to Missouri’s elk restoration zone in Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties.

One of the dead cow elk from the 2012 group was found stuck in a muddy pond. After being pulled free by MDC staff, it died the next day. Hansen says that heat exhaustion likely contributed to its death.

He says that several other Midwestern states are also reporting heat- and drought-related livestock and wildlife deaths.
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eh, i give up on attempting to start dialogue on this. guess i'll just go boost other people's threads. as usual. :P

enjoy the info. i won't be posting threads anymore.

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