drought http://www.kplu.org en Hold On Tight To Your Valentine: Wet, Windy Weekend Ahead http://www.kplu.org/post/hold-tight-your-valentine-wet-windy-weekend-ahead <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re getting the “weather we need,” so get ready for a wet and windy weekend, says </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expert Cliff Mass.</span></p><p>“Our water supply was well below normal,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. “Very rapidly, the snowpack is getting replenished in the mountains. The reservoirs are filling. And by the end of this week, I don’t think we’ll have to worry water for this summer or the coming fall.”</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:35:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13654 at http://www.kplu.org Hold On Tight To Your Valentine: Wet, Windy Weekend Ahead Northwest farmers plant wheat in dust, hope for rain http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-farmers-plant-wheat-dust-hope-rain PROSSER, Wash. – Most of us may be enjoying the fall sunshine, but Northwest wheat farmers are instead wishing for a little rain.<p>Nicole Berg digs her clean-up-to-now nails into the dry crusty soil on her farm.<p>About four to five inches down, there still isn’t any hint of past rain.<p>A few farmers did get some showers. Despite high-tech forecasts, Berg says often knowing when to plant still comes down to a hunch, decades of experience and an old wheat farmer adage.<p>“On a good year, yes we’d be seeding right now," Berg says. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:43:05 +0000 Anna King 6593 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest farmers plant wheat in dust, hope for rain Drought, wildfires force ranchers to look for efficiencies http://www.kplu.org/post/drought-wildfires-force-ranchers-look-efficiencies The people who raise cattle destined to become steak or hamburger on your dinner plate are feeling the pinch. Wildfires this summer have scorched more than a million acres of Northwest rangeland. In addition, the Midwest drought is driving up feed costs across the board.<p>Now ranches and feedlots are looking to cut their feed costs in the short term... And longer term, have an eye on making the cattle themselves more efficient.<p>The cost of feed is by far the biggest expense on the ledgers of most Western beef farmers. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 06:36:00 +0000 6542 at http://www.kplu.org Drought, wildfires force ranchers to look for efficiencies