Monday, June 11, 2018

Recent Agricultural News Picks

Elderly woman reading the newspaper, 1930-1940. State Library of Queensland.

Here are a few Ag Links that I've collected over the last month. I hope you're all enjoying your summer and keeping up with the garden and fields...

  1. Monsanto No More: Agri-Chemical Giant's Name Dropped In Bayer Acquisition | NPR
  2. Would Rachel Carson Eat Organic? | The Conversation
  3. Crisis on the High Plains: The Loss of America’s Largest Aquifer – the Ogallala | University of Denver Water Law
  4. Mapping changes in world’s water, NASA scientists find 'human fingerprint' in many areas | Desert Sun - USA Today
  5. America’s national wildlife refuges are being doused with hundreds of thousands of pounds of dangerous agricultural pesticides every year. | Center for Biological Diversity
  6. Rotten results: Sainsbury's drops project to halve food waste | The Guardian
  7. Scientists have discovered why fast-growing farmed salmon are three times more likely to be partially deaf than their wild relatives | Univ. of Melbourne

(For your daily up-to-the-minute agriculture news, go to this site's sister webpage, Agriculture News Daily.)


  1. not much change in the Ogallala levels in Nebraska, especially in contrast to other states. got any idea why that is? ie, more adequate recharge, surface topography of the underlying formation, or what?

    1. Well, certainly sand makes for good recharge. Nebraska was blessed with a major portion of the aquifer. For example, in parts of Kansas it's quite shallow.

    2. i forgot about that sand thing...and if it's deeper in Nebraska, then groundwater will tend to flow downhill to there from Kansas...still, it's the top of the water level that's getting lower in the south, and i'd tend to think that would equalize over time...but that little graphic in the article shows that even as the water level has gone down 100 to 150 feet in parts of Kansas, it has actually gone up 10 to 20 feet in parts of Nebraska...that suggests there's not much continuity between the states. and that any water movement within the aquifer is at a snail's pace...

    3. Quote:
      Although the average saturated thickness is about 60 meters (200 feet), it exceeds 300 meters (1,000 feet) in west-central Nebraska and is only one-tenth that in much of western Texas. Because both the saturated thickness and the areal extent of the Ogallala Aquifer is greater in Nebraska, the state accounts for two-thirds of the volume of Ogallala groundwater, followed by Texas and Kansas, each with about 10 percent.

      Needless to say, Nebraska also takes the most of the Ogallala fossil water out for irrigation of corn - to make ethanol or export beef.