climate change

Editorial: Responding to change

Agriculture is bound for huge changes over the next 20 years no matter what we do. World population grows while the climate warms. Water grows scarce amid long-term drought in the Southwest and Great Plains. Disease threatens a burgeoning number of confined livestock, from new strains of deadly avian flus to a resurgence of African swine flu in China. It […]

Drought effects extend from soil to rural wells

Cities look to regional water suppliers

A drought spanning multiple seasons is expected to disrupt life in Northwest Iowa from water availability for rural residents to stress to livestock and soil health.  State Climatologist Justin Glisan on Monday told The Storm Lake Times the deficit between subsurface soil moisture and expected rainfall in the coming months has been its largest since 1999. Pockets of Buena Vista, […]