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Will the Midwestern drought continue into 2013?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Toro 455, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I saw a precipitation map on TV that showed the Midwest is still below normal for precipitation. Even though there's been some rain it is still in "drought" status.
    Then I saw another program where the Army Corps of Engineers is refusing to flood the Missippi to improve shipping because they believe they may need the stores of water for next summer.

    Anybody else seeing any signs of what to expect for next season?
  2. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 928

    I'm looking to get a irrigation team set up. another dry year and there will be no grass left. Figuring out taxes now to see if I need to spend money this year or will be better off next.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,449

    If you don't have a big storage lake or something then you wouldn't be able to run the irrigaton system. I would guess that the farmers are the ones that will be looking into irrigation. That is where I would look for future income.
  4. 1Sharkey

    1Sharkey LawnSite Member
    from STL
    Messages: 29

    Lets hope not.

    I have heard a few predict a dry year. From a landscape perspective its bad, from a agriculture standpoint its a disaster.

    Most of the municipalities in the St Louis metro area banned irrigation during the height of the drought.
  5. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I figure I can still make a living if I can plan ahead. Maybe it's because I watched "The Dust Bowl" on PBS about the drought in the 30's. But I'm getting a little worried.

    There was a drought in the 1930's 1950's 1980's..... I'm thinking we're about due. And it was dry last year. Now I'm hearing things like "Droughts don't just occur in ONE year."
  6. jackal

    jackal LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    I'm praying for rain every chance I get. My rain gauge is reading 13.86 for the year, it ought to be over 30. Ponds and creeks are low low and many trees have died. The prediticions are not good but I'm optimistic.

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