drought

Ethanol and the Drought
4:05 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

EPA Will Not Lower Ethanol Mandate

Credit Discovery.com

This year’s drought caused several governor’s as well as various livestock and poultry groups to petition the Environmental Protection Agency to wave a federal rule mandating the production of a certain amount of ethanol.

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Problem in Macomb This Summer
8:16 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

The Drought and Burst Water Mains

Macomb City Hall
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Jason Bainter

This summer's drought created some unexpected problems for the Macomb Public Works Department. Operations Manager Jason Bainter said the dry conditions caused an unusually high number of water main breaks.

“The largest one we had was out on Bower Road. I believe that the ground shrinking pulled the fittings on the water main apart,” Bainter said.

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Corn Still in Trouble
10:53 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Rain Could Help SE Iowa Soybeans

The rainfall from Hurricane Isaac is both good and bad news for southeast Iowa farmers.

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August 2012
3:09 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

In The Tri States

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from August 2012.

During the month, State Senator John Sullivan of Rushville announced he would take a brief leave to be treated for a rare form of cancer, voters went to the polls in Burlington and in northeast Missouri, and Bushnell's mayor announced he would not run for another term.

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Barefoot Gardens CSA
12:20 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Growing Food Despite the Drought

John Curtis picking tomatoes in one of the hoop houses at Barefoot Gardens
Rich Egger

This summer's combination of high temperatures and little precipitation has impacted just about every type of farmer. Nonetheless, some are finding ways to get by.

John Curtis, owner and operator of Barefoot Gardens, said he's dug a deeper well to come up with enough water for his crops. However, he's also had to contend with a problem pump.

“Sometimes I have water, sometimes I don't. When I don't, it really shows quickly,” Curtis said.

He had to conserve water until he deepened the well.

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