A Double Edged Sword: How needed rains out West could be fueling a bigger problem

California farmers are getting above normal precipitation so far this year, bringing the state out of the most critical drought category.

The increased vegetation is good for livestock producers, but CAL Fire calls it a double edged sword. If the vegetation dries up in the summer, it turns to kindling for wildfires. All the rain in recent weeks has prevented agencies from doing critical fire prevention work.

Last year more than 360,000 acres burned in California.


Cattle producers recently promoted U.S. beef on a trip to Japan and Korea with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
After years of drought, farmers across U.S. farm country are getting so much rainfall that it’s dampening their spring planting progress later into the season.
According to USDA experts, Brazil and Argentina’s large drop in corn production has more to do with the economics of corn markets than impacts from weather.
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