2020 One Of The Worst Wildfire Years On Record

In case you needed another reason to be happy that 2020 is behind us. “It appears that a modern U.S. record has been set for wildfire acreage during the extraordinarily active western wildfire season of 2020,” USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey recently said. He noted this really should not come as a surprise, after what we […]

2020 Ranks In The Top Five Of Acres Burned

If you were to rank this year, in terms of acreage burned by wildfires nationwide, where would it sit? “So far in 2020 we’ve gotten above 9.5 million acres. And currently looking at the modern statistics this ranks # 4,” according to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “So if you go back to the previous modern years […]

Lack Of Snow Across The U.S. Is Concerning, Rippey Says

Snow accumulation has been fairly light across not only the west, but much of the country. “In the western area, still very early in the season but snow cover is so important to water supply which leads  to irrigation water the following spring and summer,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. He noted there has not […]

Rippey Has Concerns About Winter Wheat Crop

Ask USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, and he’ll tell you there are some concerns when it comes to the winter wheat crop. He said according to the latest numbers, 43% of the crop rated good to excellent, 21% very poor to poor. “That’s actually a bit of a drop from last week’s numbers when we saw […]

Rippey: Planting Is Outpacing Emergence

When it comes to next year’s winter wheat crop, the USDA says planting is complete in most areas with the exception of areas that are traditionally planted later, such as some stretches of the Northwest. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, 93% of winter wheat is in the ground nationally, slightly higher than the five-year […]

Winter Wheat Plantings Ahead Of 2019 Numbers

“The thing to note is that several states across the plains and the Northwest still dealing with the impact of drought,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “So we see in those states, ahead of average planting progress, but below average emergence which is suggestive of not only the drought but the more recent cold weather. […]

Driest Fields Reported In Western U.S.

When taking a look at the latest picture of pasture and rangeland conditions nationwide, USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said fields continue to dry out. “Conditions across the country relatively steady as we head toward the end of the season. 43% of the pasture and rangeland rated very poor to poor, 20% good to excellent, and […]

Could We See Record Acreage Burned In 2020?

The year 2020 will be one to remember for a variety of reasons, so good, some not so good. This year could go down in the not-so-good category,  when looking at the number of acres burned this wildfire season. “Only twice in modern history have we seen ten million acres burned nationally,” noted USDA meteorologist […]

Northwest Expected To See Drought Relief This Winter

As the United States migrates toward winter weather, drought will remain a problem. In fact, according to Mike Halpert, with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the U.S. is experiencing the most widespread drought, across the continental U.S. since September 2013. He added right now 47% of the country is in some sort of drought. “And the […]

USDA: Good News & Bad News For Winter Wheat

When taking a look at the latest winter wheat numbers nationally, it’s a mixed bag. Clear dry weather across many of the top wheat states has led to a brisk clip when it comes to planting, but many of these same areas are short on moisture which is hurting establishment and emergence. USDA meteorologist Brad […]