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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pataskala is now applying treated sludge to farms

Pataskala is now applying treated sludge to farms: The city has started applying treated sludge to area farm fields, and it intends to expand the effort in 2016, thanks to the upcoming completion of a large sludge holding facility.

Work on the facility has been ongoing at the city's wastewater treatment facility, which stands at the end of Shawnee Loop South on the far eastern edge of the city.

The work should be completed sometime in the coming weeks. When it is, Pataskala Utility Director Nathan Coey�said the city stands to benefit via savings tied to annual sludge disposal costs.

Jaw-Dropping Photo of Rare Tornado Wins National Geographic Contest

Jaw-Dropping Photo of Rare Tornado Wins National Geographic Contest: The grand prize winner of National Geographic’s 2015 Photo Contest shows a rare and awesome force of nature.

Photographer Jame Smart’s “Dirt” captures an anti-cyclonic tornado as it touches down on farmland near Simala, Colo.

Egypt’s President Sisi Launches Project Aimed at Expanding Farmland by 20 Percent | Egyptian Streets

Egypt’s President Sisi Launches Project Aimed at Expanding Farmland by 20 Percent | Egyptian Streets: The “Million Feddans” project is a national project that has come at the forefront Sisi’s agenda since he assumed office in June 2014.

In August, Sisi ordered that the reclaimed area be increased to 1.5 million feddans (630,000 hectares).

The first phase aims to expand farmland in the Farafra Oasis in the New Valley province, located in Egypt’s Western Desert.

Almond industry wants to use orchards for groundwater recharge | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press

Almond industry wants to use orchards for groundwater recharge | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press: What started out to his neighbors as a crazy idea is gaining traction as a good plan.

“It’s not going to solve everything but it’ll certainly help,” said western Fresno Count, Calif. grower Don Cameron.

Cameron’s plan to set aside thousands of acres of farmland for groundwater recharge didn’t start out with much support or praise from others, but as drought lingers and organizations like the Almond Board of California (ABC) talk up the concept of using orchards and other farmland for groundwater recharge, the idea doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore.

Too much rain, drought and a complex farm bill | Farm Press Blog

Too much rain, drought and a complex farm bill | Farm Press Blog: Is anyone sorry to see 2015 go?

Not me, even though we are entering an election year and those are always filled with, as Mark Twain put it so eloquently, “lies, damn lies and statistics.”

Even with the coming false promises, endless posturing and “taffy pulling,” to use another of Twain’s euphemisms for dishonesty, I will not miss 2015 much.

We did see an end to the four-year drought. But the conclusion came with monsoon-like rains, flooding, and significant damage to crops and property. Then drought set in again before fall brought more rain and additional crop damage.

Missouri governor warns of 'historic and dangerous' floods

Missouri governor warns of 'historic and dangerous' floods: Missouri's governor warned Tuesday of flooding and swollen river levels that could exceed levels seen in a devastating flood in 1993, and he pleaded with drivers to stay off inundated roadways.

Thirteen people in Missouri have died in floods caused by severe storms over the weekend, and although the rain has moved on, swollen rivers are still rising and won't crest for days, Gov. Jay Nixon said.

Deep Discount Proves Problematic for Argentinian Corn | Agweb.com

Deep Discount Proves Problematic for Argentinian Corn | Agweb.com: Kevin looks at the long term effects of the deep discount on Argentinian corn.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Traders continue to struggle to find reasons for the grain market price movement this week. Some are citing the concern China will stop DDG imports and increase movement of corn out of their reserves. This�should increase soymeal or protein demand. However there has been no confirmation of either story.

The Christmas weekend moisture which fell across the Midwest is having an impact on grain futures prices with wheat getting the most benefit. The high water on the Mississippi at St Louis is stopping grain from moving to the gulf causing basis fluctuations at up river locations. The heavy rains are causing flooding and or standing water on wheat fields which is suffocating the crop not in dormancy.