Are we due for another Dust Bowl? Part 2

A dust storm during the Dust Bowl. Question: With the lingering, severe drought in places like the Texas Panhandle and western Kansas, is the United States in for another Dust Bowl? Answer: In this article from CropQuest in early July, Clay Robinson (a.k.a. Dr. Dirt) gives his take on why the United States is unlikely … Continue reading Are we due for another Dust Bowl? Part 2

Are we going to have another Dust Bowl?

Question: As severe drought continues in places like the Texas Panhandle, western Kansas, and California, is the United States in danger of another Dust Bowl? Answer: We can expect more extreme climate events in coming years, and drought across the southern Great Plains (e.g., Oklahoma, Texas) may become even more prevalent. A dust storm in … Continue reading Are we going to have another Dust Bowl?

“Macronutrients” versus “micronutrients”?

Question: What’s the difference between a macronutrient and a micronutrient fertilizer? Just like people require different amounts of different nutrients for good health--such as the potassium supplied by bananas--plants need different quantities of "macro-" and "micro-nutrients." But all are important. Photo by: Mas NurWalin (www.flickr.com) Answer: “Macro” and “micro” nutrient fertilizers refer to the quantity … Continue reading “Macronutrients” versus “micronutrients”?

Should I be charged up about groundwater recharge?

Question: What does the term “groundwater recharge” mean and why is it important? Agriculture in California’s Central Valley depends heavily on the pumping of groundwater for irrigation. This means that quantifying aquifer recharge in the Central Valley is a priority. Photo: dadoll (www.flickr.com) Answer: Let’s start with the term “groundwater.” Groundwater is defined as the … Continue reading Should I be charged up about groundwater recharge?