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Rolling Down Cover Crops

  • Date:
    Thu, 02/23/2017 to Sat, 04/01/2017
    Category:
    News
    Rolling Down Cover CropsNO-TILL FARMER Originally developed in South America, over the last decade roller-crimpers have become more popular in the U.S. as more no-tillers add cover crops to their system. These photos show some of the rollers invented and how some no-tillers are using them on their operations. To learn more about rollers and crimpers, see the article “Rolling, Crimping Can Help No-...

Midwest Focus Climate Update: Spring 2017

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    Tue, 02/21/2017 to Fri, 03/31/2017
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    News
    Very warm late winter temperatures are quickly melting snow, warming soils and pushing perennials to break dormancy across the Midwest. The question now is ‘what will happen going forward in spring?’  This is at the forefront as people begin to plan spring field work activities. The new NOAA outlooks released last week did not provide a large amount of guidance for the spring.  But there are a few...

Northeast Climate Hub Distinguished Scholar

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    Fri, 02/17/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
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    News
      R.H. (Howard) Skinner, former Plant Physiologist with the USDA-ARS, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, Pennsylvania, has been recognized as the first Northeast Climate Hub Distinguished Scholar.   howard.png Dr. Skinner recently retired from his research duties and serving as the Deputy Director of the Northeast Hub. His in...

USDA NIFA Funding Opportunities

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    Fri, 02/17/2017 to Tue, 03/21/2017
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    News
    NIFA Funding Opportunities: 1) Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP): conduct agricultural research that addresses high priority concerns of tribal, national or multi-state significance and 2) Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program: build community capacity through 4-H and tribal youth development, agriculture and natural resource management, and entrepreneurship and business deve...

NOAA Funding Opportunity

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    Fri, 02/17/2017 to Wed, 03/15/2017
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    News
    NOAA Funding Opportunity: Coastal Resilience Grant Program strengthening coastal communities and habitat restoration  

Building a Weather Ready Nation

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    Fri, 02/17/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
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    News
      Jeffrey Bloomquist, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Geographer, and former liaison to the USDA Midwest Climate Hub, was recently highlighted by FSA for his efforts to get the Agency certified “Weather-Ready.”   As a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “Weather-Ready Nation” (WRN) Ambassador, Bloomquist worked with his county offices in Minnesota and several other FSA state geographi...

New Video Series Launched on Climate Adaptation

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    Fri, 02/17/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
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    News
      How are Northeastern farmers surviving recent extreme weather? UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture partnered with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and produced three videos asking Northeast farmers just that.  Each farmer discusses how they’re experiencing and adapting to climate change. They discuss how cropping strategies, water management, and soil protection practices have increas...

Northeast Climate Hub Weather Station Installed at Cecarelli Farms

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    Fri, 02/17/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
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    News
      The USDA Northeast Climate Hub selected Cecarelli Farm in Northford, CT as the site for the first Hub automated weather station. The century old, family-owned farm operates under the management and resourcefulness of Nelson Cecarelli and William Della Camara. Together, the duo grow produce and strawberries with integrity; they use sustainable deep zone tilling methods and integrated pest managem...

Shifting Seasons for Forest Harvests in New England

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    Fri, 02/17/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
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    News
      Winter logging operations are more challenging in the recent warmer, shorter, and more variable winter conditions across New England. Over time, it is likely that the duration of snowpack on the ground will decrease, and more logging will need to occur in the summer under conditions that often raise logging costs and increase the risk of damage to soils and the residual forest. The Vermont Land...

Spring Coming Early this Year to Parts of the Northeast?

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    Thu, 02/16/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
    Category:
    News
      Plants respond to the warmth that accumulates over many days by breaking dormancy and starting to grow. If this growth occurs too early in the year, a late season cold snap can do real harm.  The effects of temperature on plants can be estimated by adding up growing degree day units, also called heat sums.  In mid-February, heat sums were well ahead of normal in all of the southeastern US. West...

RSVP NOW for the Midwest Regional Engagement Workshop, March 1st

  • Date:
    Wed, 02/15/2017 to Wed, 03/01/2017
    Category:
    Meeting
    FOR Midwest Climate Stakeholders:  You are invited to attend a workshop to gather input for the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) on Wednesday, March 1, from 8am-4pm (Central Time). The primary location will be in Chicago, IL, with satellite locations around the region. This Midwest Regional Engagement Workshop is an excellent opportunity to help define the regional issues that will b...

NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE: Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices

  • Date:
    Tue, 02/14/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    Other
    A partner to the USDA Climate Hubs, the National Drought Mitigation Center, along with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP), has developed a handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices. “This Handbook of Drought Indicators and is based on available literature and draws findings from relevant works wherever possible. The handbook addresses the needs of p...

Climate and Weather: Specialty Crop Growers' Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainty in Production Systems

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    Mon, 02/13/2017
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    News
    The research below - North Central Fruit, Vegetable and Wine Growers’ Assessment of Soil and Water Vulnerability Under Changing Climate Conditions and Extreme Weather Events - has been funded by USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Midwest Climate Hub and conducted by researchers at the Iowa State University. Specialty crops include many kinds of vegetable and fruit plants and trees, each with...

Possible Early Spring May Mean Potential Damage to Crops

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    Wed, 02/08/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
    Category:
    News
    There is no doubt; the warm winter has been pleasant.  But the early warmth now has some additional impacts. There is the possibility of an abnormal, early-spring arrival as predicted by the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN). According to current year maps of Spring Index First Leaf and First Bloom dates, spring is arriving 20 days earlier than the long-term average (1981-2010) in much of t...

Time to start thinking about first hollow stem

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    Fri, 02/03/2017 to Mon, 03/13/2017
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    News
    Thursday, February 2osuwheat.com World of Wheat | SMALL GRAINS IN THE SOUTHERN GREAT PLAINS   Start thinking about first hollow stem! First hollow stem (FHS) occurs just prior to the jointing growth stage and is the optimal time to remove cattle from wheat pasture. This is the optimal time because the added cattle weight gains associated with grazing past first hollow stem are not enough to offset...

Climate Change Impacts in AK

  • Date:
    Fri, 02/03/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
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    News
    Climate Change: A young Aleut’s Perspective on how climate change is impacting his way of life in Alaska

Submit comments to Great Basin planning effort

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    Fri, 02/03/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
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    News
    Provide input to the Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative Public Forum by February 6th! Feedback will help the LCC plan and prioritize future work in the Great Basin.

Midwest Focus Climate Update: February 2017

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    Thu, 02/02/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
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    News
    The updated outlook for February has taken a bit of a turn from expected, which will lead to some different issues likely during the month. The updated outlook for February has nearly the whole continental US in warmer than average conditions more likely. The Great Lakes and far northeast are the only areas outside the warmer-than-likely area. In much of the northern US the probabilities are fairl...

Farmers Take Advantage of Soil Health Programs to Increase Productivity and Profitability of Crops

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    Wed, 02/01/2017 to Wed, 03/01/2017
    Category:
    News
    Farmers Take Advantage of Soil Health Programs to Increase Productivity and Profitability of Crops On January 19, the Southern Plains Climate Hub, in partner with Redlands Community College and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts held the latest in their series of "Soil Health Seminars" at Redlands Community College in El Reno Oklahoma Over 60 agriculture producers and natural resou...

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes to Launch Landmark Soil Health Project

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    Wed, 02/01/2017 to Wed, 03/15/2017
    Category:
    News
      Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes to Launch Landmark Soil Health Project   Conservation Service 100 USDA, Suite 206Stillwater, OK 74074Voice: 405.742.1204  Web: www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov   CONCHO, Okla., Jan. 24, 2017—Governor Eddie Hamilton of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and Gary O’Neill, State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oklahoma, today announced a gr...

What do winter temperatures mean for next season’s pest populations?

  • Date:
    Fri, 01/27/2017 to Sat, 02/11/2017
    Category:
    News
      What do winter temperatures mean for next season’s pest populations? A focus on Colorado potato beetle By Victor Izzo, Lecturer, University of Vermont Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences    cpb_izzo_3.png Many agricultural pests, such as the Colorado potato beetle (CPB, Leptinotarsu decemlineata), overwinter underground,...

Interview with an Extension Vegetable Specialist: Part 2

  • Date:
    Fri, 01/27/2017 to Tue, 02/28/2017
    Category:
    News
      This is the second installment of a two-part article that is based on an August 2016 interview with Katie Campbell-Nelson, Vegetable Specialist, of UMass Extension. Nutrient and water management, pests, diseases, and weeds—these are some of the issues farmers consider when implementing production practices. In parallel to this, a traditional Extension program typically houses a soil scientist, a...

Free Online Program Helps with Conservation

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    Mon, 01/23/2017 to Thu, 02/23/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the NewsMonday, January 23 Texas | Free Online Program Helps with Conservation KINGSVILLE RECORD The Natural Resources Conservation Service reminds farmers, ranchers and others about the ease and convenience of using the agency’s online Conservation Client Gateway to work with NRCS personnel and local field offices. “The Conservation Client Gateway web based tool came about because the Nat...

Effects of Crop Residue Removal on Soil Health

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    Mon, 01/23/2017 to Thu, 02/23/2017
    Category:
    News
    NRCS in the NewsMonday, January 23 Soil Health | Effects of Crop Residue Removal on Soil Health WALLACES FARMER Leaving crop residue on the soil surface improves nutrient cycling and, ultimately, soil quality that will increase and sustain soil productivity. Through conservation practices that include balanced crop residue management and soil fertility, environmental quality can be substantially e...

Invitation: Monthly North Central U.S. Climate and Drought Update Webinar Series (January 19th, 2017, 1-2pm CDT)

  • Date:
    Thu, 01/19/2017 to Thu, 12/21/2017
    Category:
    Webinar
    The monthly North Central U.S. Climate Summary and Outlook Webinar will take place on Thursday, January 19th at 1pm CDT.  Kelsey Jencso, the Montana State Climatologist, will be presenting the latest climate information and outlooks for the region.  Kelsey will be summarizing recent climate trends, events and variability as well as discussing their impacts.  He will also present the latest (NOAA)...