Drought

2:44am

Sat August 11, 2012
Around the Nation

Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The Water

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

Farmer Hans Hayden walks through his drought-stricken wheat field in Idaho. He says the wheat should be 3 feet tall by now.
Molly Messick for NPR

In the West, in Idaho's arid, high desert, the drought has a mixed effect. There's a big divide between farmers with deep wells and irrigation and those without.

Hans Hayden is a rare find: a talkative farmer. He likes to explain things. But when it comes to the wheat he planted this spring, there's not much to say. This field needed rain. It didn't get it.

"At this point in time, it kind of looks like a desert," he says.

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7:53am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Drought Deepens In Hardest Hit Parts Of U.S.

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 9:36 am

Drought-stricken corn struggles to survive on a farm near Poseyville, Ind.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The areas of the lower 48 states where this summer's drought is judged to be "severe, extreme or exceptional" (in ascending order of seriousness) increased slightly again this week, according to the experts at the federal government's National Drought Mitigation Center.

It reports that:

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5:12am

Thu August 9, 2012

12:09pm

Wed August 8, 2012
The Salt

Here's Where Farms Are Sucking The Planet Dry

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:49 pm

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Check out some of the world's most important - and threatened - aquifers. Click to see a high-resolution version of this map.
Nature

This map is disturbing, once you understand it. It's a new attempt to visualize an old problem — the shrinking of underground water reserves, in most cases because farmers are pumping out water to irrigate their crops.

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10:17am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

How Hot Was It? July Was Warmest Month On Record For U.S.

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 11:14 am

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