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Drought-stricken corn. Photo: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, some rights reserved
Drought-stricken corn. Photo: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, some rights reserved

Drought threatens hay, corn crops

The hot, dry weather is taking a toll on crops in the region. Scattered heavy rains have brought some relief to some areas, but overall, production of field crops like hay and corn is suffering. As Joanna Richards reports, it's been decades since the north country experienced a summer so dry.  Go to full article
Mow less when the lawn is dry. Photo: daniel.sahlin via Flickr, some rights reserved.
Mow less when the lawn is dry. Photo: daniel.sahlin via Flickr, some rights reserved.

To do, and not to do when it's hot and dry

With nothing but more dry, hot weather in the forecast, gardeners have an opportunity to clear out weeds that can overcome less hardy vegetables and flowers, and a chance to take a break from mowing the lawn. Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has a pep talk on weeding in her conversation with Martha Foley today.

And there's a caution as well about mowing too much when the lawn is dry. Timing can help. Here's their weekly chat.  Go to full article
Curt Stager taking sediment core samples in Africa (Photo source:  C. Stager)
Curt Stager taking sediment core samples in Africa (Photo source: C. Stager)

North Country scientist rewrites history of global climate change

A researcher in the Adirondacks is literally rewriting the history of global climate change.

Curt Stager, a scientist at Paul Smiths College, is publishing an article later this month in the journal Science that describes an ancient drought that transformed Asia and Africa thousands of years ago.

The "H1 mega-drought" may have wiped out whole tribes of humans, as it dried up rivers and lakes across whole continents.

As Brian Mann reports, Stager thinks that devastating event could be a warning for people living in a new period of global warming.  Go to full article

Small wild fires plague Adirondacks

As we reported yesterday, low water levels and a shortage of rain have brought drought conditions to the region. There are showers in the forecast for the next few days, but fire officials are still concerned about dry conditions. yesterday, three small wild fires were burning in the Adirondack backcountry. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

How the drought affects garden chores

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about the dry conditions in the garden and yard. Amy says summer chores continue, while some fall work should be delayed.  Go to full article

Coping With Drought in the Garden

Horticulturist Amy Ivy of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties talks with Martha Foley about strategies for getting plants enough water until it rains.  Go to full article

Duck Populations Recover From Drought

Waterfowl hunters in the Great Lakes region will likely have better luck this year. The duck populations spending this summer in Canada are up. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has more.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Fires Cause Smoke in St. Lawrence County

Ground fires at Fort Drum are causing residents north and east of the army base to complain of smoke and brown skies. David Sommerstein reports state officials have fielded calls from towns throughout St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

Summer Gardening: Keeping the Soil Moist During the Dry Months

Todd Moe talks with Amy Ivy, horticulturist with the cooperative extension service of Clinton and Essex counties, about watering tips during hot, summer weather. How much is enough?  Go to full article

Crop Season Preview

We've had rain and snow showers in the past week, but North Country farmers are hoping for more precipitation this spring. Cornell Cooperative Extension agronomist Pete Barney, in Canton, shares thoughts on spring planting, farming and the coming crop season.  Go to full article

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