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Missouri River likely to see lower levels

A hydrologist says dry conditions persist as the Missouri River navigation season begins and there will likely be lower river levels again this year. Kevin Lau with the National Weather Service’s Missouri Basin River Forecast Center tells Brownfield the situation is better than it... Read More.

High Nitrate Levels Warrant Water Source Changes

By Reno County Kansas Government RENO COUNTY, Kan. (March 11, 2024, Revised from December 13, 2023) — Nitrate levels have continued to be above allowable limits in Rural Water District 101, which serves the Yoder area. The last nitrate level test... Read More.

Climatologist discusses Missouri, Mississippi River levels

A weather expert says water levels along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are in decent shape heading into planting season. Justin Glisan, state climatologist for the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says, “With this more active storm track, especially in the Lower Missouri Basin, we... Read More.

Mississippi River levels have improved, but concerns linger

A Midwest representative for the Waterways Council says Mississippi River levels have improved greatly over the winter but continued moisture will be needed to maintain those levels. Paul Rhode tells Brownfield the amount of snowpack is a concern because northern states are having a... Read More.

Nebraska soil moisture levels dip

Warm, dry conditions for most of February have had an effect in Nebraska. The USDA says soil moisture levels across the state declined, while still holding at early 2023 levels, with only about a third of the state in some form of drought, compared... Read More.

CHS 1st quarter earnings off year-ago record levels

The CEO of the nation’s largest ag cooperative suggests a drop in quarterly earnings could reflect a weaker farm economy. Jay Debertin with CHS tells Brownfield the company reported 2024 first quarter net income of nearly $523 million, compared to $782 million during the... Read More.

Low levels on the Panama Canal continue to impact trade

An Indiana farmer says drought in Central America continues to impact global trade. Carey McKibben recently returned from a trip to the Panama Canal where he and other Indiana farmers got a firsthand look at the issues. “By January, they’re basically cutting the amount... Read More.

Missouri River levels are low

A senior service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis says the Missouri River has been getting low again. Mark Fuchs tells Brownfield it’s already affecting the low Mississippi River levels. “We’re now beginning feel the impacts from the reduced flows... Read More.

Soil moisture levels a concern in southwest Minnesota

Soil moisture levels are a concern in many parts of the Corn Belt, including southwest Minnesota. Crop and livestock producer Mike Landuyt of Walnut Grove says his corn and soybeans performed better than expected given the dry growing season. “But we went into this year... Read More.

High Nitrate Levels Warrant Water Source Changes

By Reno County Kansas Local Government  RENO COUNTY, Kan. – December 13, 2023 – Revised from September 12, 2023 Nitrate levels have continued to be above allowable limits in Rural Water District 101, which serves the Yoder area. The... Read More.

High Nitrate Levels in Yoder Water

RENO COUNTY, Kan. – Nitrate levels have risen again above allowable limits in Rural Water District 101, which serves the Yoder area. The last nitrate level test was collected on June 6, 2023. The level tested at 11.2 mg/L, which exceeds the Kansas and... Read More.