Kansas – Earliest frost on record – Growing season now third shortest on record

The shortest was 114 days in 1901, followed by 133 days in 1912,

says the Hays (Kansas) Daily News.

The Daily News reported that an all-time (114-year) record was broken on September 13, 2014, when the thermometer dipped to 31 degrees F.

The low of 31 degrees not only was a new record for the day, but a new record for the first frost of the fall.

It also means this year’s growing season — at 134 days — is the third shortest on record in this bread basket of the U.S.. The shortest was 114 days in 1901, followed by 133 days in 1912.

Previously, the earliest fall frost in 117 years of record keeping at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center was Sept. 17, recorded twice in 1901 and again two years later in 1903.

That means this year’s first frost broke the previous 114-year-old record by five days.

Many other areas also dropped to near- or below-freezing temperatures the following day, raising the specter of a double-whammy in those areas.

Late maturing grain sorghum crops the most likely to be affected

Corn, grain sorghum and soybeans are susceptible to freezing temperatures, said Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center chief Bob Gillen,.

Already, leaves on pumpkin plants growing at the research center have turned black as a result of the freezing temperature, and the upper third of a field of already drought-plagued forage growing east of Hays had turned brown.

Gillen said many corn fields already are at a stage where they won’t be hurt too badly by the freeze, but that’s not the case for many grain sorghum fields.

And don’t forget. After a “sharply wetter-than-normal July,” farmers had to wait before they could get in the field and plant grain sorghum this summer.

Now, with all of the recent rain, Gillen is also starting to worry about farmers being able to get wheat in the ground on a timely basis.

What have I been saying about fighting in the streets for food?


Thanks to J Bird for this link

17 thoughts on “Kansas – Earliest frost on record – Growing season now third shortest on record

    • none of which has shown to be more than RR or Bt resistant..and even that attribute is fading fast.
      GMO isnt going to save anyone.
      most are supposed…not happening..to be drought or heat resisters
      NOT the problem we look like having.

      • My comment was pure sarcasm and agree on the gmo’s and Monsanto Roundup. But, you may agree that some of the hybrid(not gmo)corn can mature much more quickly than it didn’t in 1315.

        • Sorry, overlooked that corn was not around Europe yet, but regardless, the hybrids of many grains should help us immensely.

      • This is a bit off topic, but that is not exactly true. We have the capability of increasing output of frankenfood as well, increasing vitamin content, where the food may have originally been deficient, etc.

        It isn’t just about the BT resistant corn used to make ethanol. Unfortunately there is such a ruckus from the green, “we hate everything about humanity” crowd that people are needlessly scared of genetically modified food.

        The biggest crime is scaring poor Asian nations into not allowing genetically modified rice that produces Vitamin A. Hundreds of thousands of children have died from lack of Vitamin A in Asia, because of a lack of this nutritious rice and the deaths are on the green’s hands.

  1. Here is a quote from a thirty year climate forecast made in June 2010.
    “Policymakers may wish to note the following possible effects on earth’s climate for the next 20 – 30 years. A cooler world with lower SSTs usually means a dryer world. Thus droughts will be more likely in for example east Africa with possible monsoon failures in India. In California the PDO will mean less rainfall with more forest fires in the south. However in the Cascades and Northern Sierras snowpack could increase since more of the rain could occur as snow. Northern Hemisphere growing seasons will be shorter with occasional early and late frosts and drought in the US corn belt and in Asia repeats of the harsh Mongolian and Chinese winters of 2009 – 10 . In Europe cold snowy winters and cool cloudy summers will be more frequent .
    There will be a steeper temperature gradient from the tropics to the poles so that violent thunderstorms with associated flooding and tornadoes will be more frequent in the USA, At the same time the jet stream will swing more sharply North – South thus local weather in the Northern hemisphere in particular will be generally more variable with occasional more northerly heat waves and more southerly unusually cold snaps. In the USA hurricanes may strike the east coast with greater frequency in summer and storm related blizzards more common in winter.
    The southern continents will be generally cooler with more frequent droughts and frost and snowin winter,
    Arctic and Antarctic sea ice may react differentially to an average global cooling. We might expect sea ice to increase in the Antarctic but in the NH the Arctic Oscillation while bringing cooler temperatures further south may also occasionally bring warmer air into the Arctic with possible relative loss of sea ice in that area during those years.
    The most general advice is that world food production will be subject to occasional serious severe restriction because of cold and drought. The use of food crops for biofuels should be abandoned and stockpiles built up for possible lean times ahead.. Northern cities and transportation systems should prepare for more frequent heavy snow and ice storms.
    There is no threat from the burning of fossil fuels for the foreseeable future, indeed an increase in CO2 would positively help in feeding the burgeoning population”
    Looks pretty good four years on !!
    For the latest forecast of the timing and amount of the coming cooling see

  2. My wife received a letter yesterday from her older brother who lives in White City, KS, (120 miles E. of Hays). He mentioned that they had 1.8″ of rain over the weekend of Sept. 27/28, and they still were not using irrigation water. Could it be the drought referred to by the HDN article is very localized? Does not seem to be an issue further east.

  3. Between increasing shorter growing periods causing rising food costs from actual cooling and putting up windmills and electric cars to drive up utility costs on the farce of climate change anyone living paycheck to paycheck is getting squeezed like nobodys business.

    • The latest excuse is that the cooling is because the trade winds have slowed. And think, if you extract energy from the air, it must cause the air to slow. Hence Windmills are what are disrupting global warming 😛

  4. My parents live in central Wisconsin and reported this spring that many of the local farmers there were unable to get their crops planted in before June 1st, which is 2-4 weeks later than normal (depending on location/what crop is grown). The only saving grace is that it has been a near-perfect growing season for both corn and soy. However, when I was a kid 35 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to risk an early end to the growing season in late August(!) so yes, every farmer should be praising a warming planet, not a cooling one. Are our illustrious leaders ready with a contingency plan if global warming, err, climate change, isn’t what’s going on? Let’s hope so.

  5. Seeing all the recent headlines, I would say that a cooling trend has started. It appears the Solar Scientists are more accurate than any so called “Computer Climate Model”.
    The short growing season and early snow/cold has me concerned, for food costs will increase sooner than I had hoped. May I suggest tearing out the rear lawn and planting a food garden?

    Fortunately, we have an advantage over the “Global Liar Believers”; we have Robert’s site to view the “Real” news, and can spot cooling trends before they totally affect us. Thanks Robert!

    Last week California had a bit of a heat wave, although not abnormal for this time of the year. But the news service love to play it up.

    Meanwhile, guess what “Renewable” power source sat idle when it was really needed? That’s right! Wind power! I pass by three different wind power sites on my way to my Southern Nevada Oasis. All were still just like the “Statues of Stupidity” that I call them. Such a waste of yours and my tax dollars!

    As some may remember, California would like to have 33% renewable power by 2020. Meanwhile, our California electric rates continue to go up, but not at my Nevada location!

    “San Francisco-based PG&E had proposed a rate increase of 17.5 percent, or a $1.16 billion increase in revenue for the utility company in 2014. The utility also requested a revenue increase of 6.1 percent for 2015 and 5.9 percent for 2016, according to a release by the state PUC.”
    See: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_26336706/pg-e-gets-go-ahead-from-puc-raise

    • A lot of the Altamont pass windmills are permanently shut down because they are old technology and running then does not produce energy cost effectively even with subsidies. When shut down they lock the propellers otherwise they would have to be maintained.

  6. Move to Australia and have the longest and hottest summer on record. It hasn’t happened yet but it will happen. Once the Bureau of Meteorology finishes working the data our summer starts on July 1 and finishes on June 30. The actual readings are immaterial when they homogenise and extrapolate. No sarc this is reality here.

  7. Please, please send some of that cool weather down to southeast Texas!!! I’m sick of eternal summer!!! 91 degrees and very humid yesterday, 90 degrees and very humid the day before, and this is supposed to be October!?!? And could we please have some rain?!?! One not as hot front on September 22, and a bonafide cool front a week and a half ago for three days that actually brought the humidity down, and then back to full summer with a vengeance. I’ sick of summer!!!

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