Archive for October, 2012

Everything starts with better soils.

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

AJ Ochoa of Othello, Washington, farms potatoes on higher ph soils, irrigating through deep wells and also a local aquifer.

“The main word that I could come away with was ‘mellower soils’ which is one of the most important fundamentals in farming. Everything starts with better soils.” says AJ. “We drove into the fields that were treated and fields that were not treated after harvest. The ride in the truck was much smoother in the fields that were treated. The truck ride in the untreated field was very hard and bumpy. As for the harvest of potatoes there is much less dirt that sticks to the potatoes when treated due to mellower soils.”

AJ also has 2″ units installed in his potato coolers which show a more consistent and uniform mist for storing potatoes and will show reduction in scale build up . He’s very satisfied and convinced that he can see more of the benefits in the second year than the first.

Aj Ochoa Potato Harvest 2012
Video┬átaken in this week’s visit with in Othello, WA. Mr. Ochoa has been using our systems for 2 years.

Fall 2012 Drought Update for Farming & Energy Industries

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Drastically reduced rainfall and triple-digit temperatures throughout much of the nation have damaged corn and other crops, which will have significant impacts on supplies and prices for animal feed, livestock, meat and dairy products, and processed grain products, including ethanol. The drought has also disrupted the transportation of some commodities, such as petroleum and coal, that are delivered by barges on the Mississippi River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reported groundings of traffic along the Mississippi River due to low water depths, and NOAA has stated that portions of the Mississippi River south of Memphis are below the 1988 low-water level. Droughts can also create reliability concerns for electric power plants. Increased temperatures drive demand for electricity to cool homes and businesses, but lower water levels can affect the operation of many thermoelectric power plants.

The U.S. Drought Monitor, a joint publication of USDA and NOAA, is currently reporting that large areas of the Midwest and Great Plains regions are experiencing significant drought conditions. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC), integrating Drought Monitor data with weather forecasting, is predicting that the drought conditions will remain mostly unchanged through the end of November.

Published by Independent Statistics & Analysis US Energy Information Administration