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Climate and agriculture in recent news

With the onset of spring, farmers are busy getting out into the fields and starting their planting.  Variable weather across the nation has led to a variety of weather- and climate-related impacts on agriculture.  Here are some links to stories on some of these impacts. AgWeb reported that soggy soils…
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Forecast reference crop evapotranspiration (FRET) forecasts available from NWS

The National Weather Service has a new experimental product available which provides 6-day forecasts of evapotranspiration in a zoomable map format.  A weekly total is also available.  You can access this product at http://preview.weather.gov/graphical/.  You can find the FRET daily values by looking under Agriculture at the bottom of the product…
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Overpumping in California’s Central Valley could remove 1 million acres from production

The Los Angeles Times ran an article today describing the impacts of groundwater pumping on agriculture in California’s Central Valley (link).  High rates of groundwater use have caused ground levels to subside by as much as a foot a year, and have also lowered water tables, forcing farmers to pay…
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