Early freeze damaged Minnesota’s crops

Freeze Update from the Twin Cities

Thursday’s freeze caused significant damage to the state’s soybean crop, while also hurting many of the state’s cornfields, University of Minnesota agronomists said Friday.

“Because there were so many fields that had significant loss, (yield losses) could be as bad as 10 percent of our total production overall,” said Seth Naeve, the U’s soybean specialist. “It may be worse. That’s a hard thing to say.”

via Early freeze damaged Minnesota’s crops – TwinCities.com.

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Author: Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

8 thoughts on “Early freeze damaged Minnesota’s crops”

  1. Looks like Texas could use some cooling…

    The Associated Press
    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas just finished the hottest June through August on record in the U.S., the National Weather Service said Thursday.

    Weather service meteorologist Victor Murphy told The Associated Press that Texas’ 86.8 average beat out Oklahoma’s 85.2 degrees in 1934. That Dust Bowl year is now third on the list for the three-month span, behind No. 2 Oklahoma’s heat wave this June through August (86.5 degrees).

    Both states and others in the nation’s southern tier have baked in triple-digit heat this summer. Texas had its hottest June on record, the fifth warmest month overall, and July was the warmest month ever.

    Oklahoma’s July was the country’s highest monthly average temperature ever, at 89.1 degrees.
    Louisiana’s heat this June through August puts it in the fourth spot all-time — 84.5 degrees. The average figures are taken from the entire 24-hour cycle of the day, not just from the daily highs.

    Texas hasn’t just been hot. It’s in the midst of its worst drought since the 1950s and enduring its driest single year going back to 1895. The heat and lack of rainfall have clobbered agriculture. An early estimate shows crop and livestock losses at $5.2 billion. That figure was expected to rise.

    Grasses, vegetation and trees around the state remain tinderbox dry and wildfires have destroyed more than 3.5 million acres since last November, about when the drought started. Just this week, hundreds of homes were destroyed when wildfires raged southeast of Austin.

    The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that not a speck of Texas is out of drought, and more than 81 percent is in the worst category.

  2. Russ,
    All of your posts are confirming we have a massive shift going on in our climate. Record highs, lows, droughts, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and this is happening east to west and north to south.

  3. Ben,

    There are some small shifts in the climate which maybe reflected in the weather record. However, we need about 30 years of weather to say we have seen a climate change trend. According to the temp data we started to see global cooling since 2002, so we still have a few years to go. On the other hand, we are seeing regional impacts. Ireland recently saw the coldest summer in 50 years and last winter was the coldest in 100 years. The high heat in Texas and the South West not with standing, the US has shown some cooling from Jan to Jun this year.

    What I am looking for are changes in the historical records on a regional scale, especially shortening of the growing season. As the growing seasons becomes shorter, we will soon see changes is the food supply. We will not have to wait 30 years to see those impacts. A big indicator will be a June Killing Frost in our food basket states.

    We will always see high and low temp records. As for droughts, the short 3-6 year droughts we have been experiencing the Sierra is nothing compared to the last 500 hundred years, according to a study of the region.

    During the last 500 years, a wet climate, punctuated by intermittent but substantial droughts, began to dominate the region, and lake levels again rose and cirques glaciers reformed in the Sierra. A series of substantial droughts are documented during this period, however. Dozens of submerged tree stumps are located up to 300 feet below the present day level of Donner Lake a tributary of the Truckee River; carbon –14 samples from one stump date from AD 1433 (Lindstrom and Bloomer 1994). Another warm period, documented by tree-ring studies and Truckee River run-off, dated between AD 1579-1585, and again around AD 1630 (Hardman and Reil 1936). It is possible that Lake Tahoe contributed relatively little water to the Truckee River during the last 200 years. During the century between the mid 1700s to mid 1800s, the level of Lake Tahoe may have been below its rim, with no water flow into the Truckee River. This is documented by a submerged stump in the Upper Truckee River Delta dating from AD 1720 (Lindstrom 1996a), one from Donner Lake dating from AD 1800 (Lindstrom and Bloomer 1994) and one in Emerald Bay dating to AD 1840 (Lindstrom 1992). The 40 years between AD 1875-1915 were the longest period during which the flow of the Truckee River was above the average. During the AD 1930s drought, Lake Tahoe ceased to flow from its outlet for six consecutive years. Drought within the last decade (late 1980s to 1990s) either stopped Tahoe’s flow into the Truckee or reduced it to almost nothing.

    There has been no substancal increase in tornados or hurricanes. In fact the hurricane energy index has shone a significant decline.

  4. Russ,
    Post after post about weather abnormalities is dodging the factors of why all of a sudden these records and conditions are popping up all over the planet. Global Warming melting ice at the polar caps causing a large increase in moisture in our atmosphere, which in turn is shifting the weather/ climate. I know weather is different than climate but the patterns we are seeing are very disturbing to say the least. Get out the offshore drilling equipment the prize is about to be accessible. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/08/070820-global-warming.html

    1. Ben,

      There has been no warming for the last century (10 years) and you can see the results in five of the official data sets. Details here: http://tinyurl.com/635l93c

      As for the arctic ice, it has made a sudden turn around. The Arctic is gaining ice at the fastest rate on record for early September. More details here: http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog

      The antarctic ice has continued to accumulated at a steady pace on the continent. More details here: http://tinyurl.com/d4zyt8

      According to the experts there have been no weather events observed to date which can be reasonably claimed to be outside the realm of natural climate variability. Do you have some weather events that you would like me to investigate.

    2. Record low temperatures in nine states from Missouri to Michigan, snow in Colorado, snow on Mount Rainier, snow on Whistler-Blackcomb … and summer isn’t even officially over.

      In International Falls, Minn., nicknamed the “Icebox of the Nation,” the temperature hit 19 degrees, a record low for this time of year.

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