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It is not all better everywhere

 

CRP EMERGENCY HAYING & GRAZING APPROVED FOR GRAHAM COUNTY

The Kansas FSA State Committee used their authority with the D2 Severe drought designation on the U.S. Drought Monitor Map to authorize Graham County for emergency haying and grazing effective July 16, 2013.

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Strong Earthquake in Western China Kills 75 People

July 22, 2013

By Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press
 

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BEIJING - A strong, shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 75 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, state media and the local government said.

 

 

 

Residents described shaking windows and swinging lights in communities where the quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a hilly region of mountains, desert and pastureland about 766 miles west of Beijing.

 

 

 

Tremors were felt in the provincial capital of Lanzhou 110 miles north, and as far away as Xi`an, 250 miles to the east.

 

 

 

"You could see the chandeliers wobble and the windows vibrating and making noise, but there aren`t any cracks in the walls. Shop assistants all poured out onto the streets when the shaking began," said a front desk clerk at the Wuyang Hotel in the Zhang County seat about 25 miles from the epicenter. The clerk surnamed Bao refrained from identifying herself further, as is common among ordinary Chinese.

 

 

 

The government`s earthquake monitoring center said the initial quake at 7:45 a.m. was magnitude-6.6 and subsequent tremors included a magnitude-5.6.

 

 

 

The quake was shallow, which can be more destructive. The center said it struck about 12.4 miles beneath the surface, while the Gansu provincial earthquake administration said it was just 3.7 miles deep.

 

 

 

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the initial quake as 5.9 and the depth at 6 miles.

 

 

 

Initial measurements of an earthquake can vary widely, especially if different monitoring equipment is used.

 

 

 

China state Xinhua News Agency said the death toll was at 75. An additional 14 people were missing, and 412 were injured, the provincial government said in a statement posted online.

 

 

 

The deaths and injuries were reported in Min County and other rural southern parts of the municipality, Dingxi Mayor Tang Xiaoming told state broadcaster CCTV. Tang said damage was worst in the counties of Zhang and Min, where scores of homes were damaged and telephone and electricity services knocked out.

 

 

 

Su Wei, leader of a 120-member rescue team from the paramilitary People`s Armed Police, told state broadcaster CCTV that they were on their way to the epicenter, but progress was being slowed by mud and rock slides blocking the road.

 

 

 

The Chinese Red Cross said it was shipping 200 tents, 1,000 sets of household items, and 2,000 jackets to the area and sending teams from both Lanzhou and Beijing to help with relief work and assess further needs.

 

 

 

Heavy rain is expected in the area later in the week, raising the need for shelter and increasing the chance of further landslides.

 

 

 

More than 1,200 homes were destroyed by the quake, with another 21,000 badly damaged, provincial government spokesman Chang Zhengguo was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

 

 

 

With a population of 26 million, Gansu is one of China`s more lightly populated provinces, although the New Jersey-sized area of Dingxi has a greater concentration of farms in rolling hills terraced with fields for crops and fruit trees. Dingxi has a total population of about 2.7 million.

 

 

 

China`s worst earthquake in recent years was a 7.9-magnitude temblor that struck the southwestern province of Sichuan in 2008, leaving 90,000 people dead or missing.

 

 

 

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Re: It is not all better everywhere

I'll need to check again with my FSA office, but I was told if CRP was hayed or grazed within the last 3 years that it wasn't eligible. Maybe different counties have different emergency plans. I'll search and see what I can find.
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Shaggy; Yes you are right. Just posted it so the New Kansas types out east could see what bad weather and bad times were out in the real Kansas.

 

BTW: radar estimites are impressive for the Graham co area. Will wait for "boots on the ground" conformation though. Too LATE FOR ANYTHING THIS YEAR but maybe a little build up for a try next year?

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Our local weather says fog and mist  - I wonder what the weahter folks are smoking  --- we have had @ 3 tenths in the last 2 weeks- pivots run none stop - aquifer ground water dropping with a good probability of flow meters coming on fast --- 

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I hear you Hobby, looks like we've got some nice forecasted days ahead as well. If we get good precip the last half of '13, yes that would make my more optimistic for '14. Time will tell, I'll see what these markets will be towards the Aug/Sept time frame. If row crops are still down and wheat has a good preplant price, I might consider doubleing up on wheat acres. Strongly considered that for '13 but decided to gamble on a go at corn. Turns out it was a wrong decision. Not a bad decision, just a wrong one. If I'd split the corn acres between wheat and milo, I'd be $ ahead. I still would have collected an insurance check on wheat, but that would have been for frost and not drought. Oh well, if farming was easy everyone would be doing it.
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289, are you in kAnsas as well?
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We've got about 300 acres of CRP that we hayed last year. Once the USDA made their decision to release it in 2012, my phone was ringing so much I dam near needed a second battery to get thru the day. Kind of like this year with the failed corn. Nothing like neighbors when they say, " Sorry that your crops are suffering so bad, but..." A started telling them I was going to hold an auction for the haying/green chopping rights. Pizzed some of them off while others only laughed.
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Northeast Nebraska 

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In the last month  (since 6-25) in this area we have had a total of .19 rain at my homeplace... In the area we are running well behind last year or normal --- last year wasn't great either drought brought us 18 to 65 bu. dryland corn...  however now this year the Natural Recourses Districts (NRD's) have imposed a 10.5 inch irrigation cap ( we lose 3 inches for every inch over 10.5 we pump over our 5 year allocation of 9 per year) .. as of last night I have field that have 4.8 and 5.3 inches left to pump... at this rate the irrigation will be shut down after another month...  much too soon to raise trend line corn crops... with the dryland in many areas brown and falling down we are in dire straits here in the lower Republican NRD... but i guess that's only my back door///  I think not..