Texas A&M Forest Service Survey Shows 301 Million Trees Died in the 2011 Drought

Taken from Texas A&M release — “A Texas A&M Forest Service survey of hundreds of forested plots scattered across the state shows 301 million trees were killed as a result of the devastating 2011 drought.

The number was determined by a study of both on-the-ground tree health assessments collected during a three-month period earlier this year and satellite imagery from before and after the drought.

The findings fall right in the middle of original estimates gathered last fall that indicated roughly 100 million to 500 million trees had died as a result of the drought.

“The drought produced traumatic results, especially for individual landowners. But the good news is the forest is resilient. When a dead tree falls over, a young, new tree eventually will grow back in its place,” said Burl Carraway, department head for the Texas A&M Forest Service Sustainable Forestry department.  “Tree death is a natural forest process. We just had more last year than previous years.”

The findings represent the number of trees in rural, forested areas that died as a direct result of the drought, as well as those that succumbed to insect infestation or disease because they were drought-stressed.

The figure does not include trees in cities and towns.  Another 5.6 million trees in urban areas — along streets and in yards and parks — also died as a result of the drought, according to a study done earlier this year by the Texas A&M Forest Service Urban Forestry program.

The drought assessment of rural, forested areas was done in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis program and the Texas A&M University Ecosystem Science and Management Department.”   For more see the release.

Kim Cassel

Managing Nutrients after the Drought webinar

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is working with the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council (ANPC) to promote an upcoming webinar on “Managing Nutrients after the Drought.” The drought of 2012 will be remembered for its devastating effects on crops across a huge swath of North America’s most productive soils. While late summer rains eased conditions for many, water resources are still in critically short supply across large areas. Following such a difficult situation, it will pay to re-examine nutrient management practices as farmers plan for their 2013 crops.

You are invited to join a panel of subject matter experts on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 12 noon to 1:30 pm Central Time as they discuss what farmers and their advisers should consider in regards to nutrient management. A variety of situations will be presented that will help farmers make the most of crop inputs while being good stewards of soil and water resources.

Confirmed panelists include:
• Dr. Jim Camberato, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
• Dr. John Grove, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky
• Dr. Scott Murrell, North Central Director, International Plant Nutrition Institute

Certified Crop Advisers, Certified Professional Agronomists, American Society of Agronomy members, farmers, the media, and other members of the agricultural community are invited to take part in this special program. It is being offered at no charge, but pre-registration is required. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions about how to connect to the webinar.

Learn more and register>>

The American Society of Agronomy will be moderating the webinar. Webinar registration is sponsored by the ANPC. If you have questions, please contact Lara Moody by phone at (202) 515-2721 or email (lmoody@tfi.org).


Kim Cassel