Ag Informer – Latest Drought Outlook

Is a flash drought underway in the Corn Belt? Or, is what’s underway in farm country just some passing dryness?

Those are questions USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey is evaluating as the month of May comes to a close. He says it’s easy to see why farmers in some parts of the country are concerned.

What Crops Are Experiencing Drought Now?
Some parts of the U.S. have seen prolonged periods of drought since last year. “(Much of the) longer-term dryness has been showing up west of the Mississippi River,” Rippey reports.

A look at the U.S. Drought Monitor released on Thursday shows that nearly 100% of Kansas and Nebraska are experiencing moderate to severe drought, and the core of Kansas is in exceptional drought.

Portions of Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas are also enduring drought conditions.

How does the drought areas match up with what crops are experiencing? The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the percentage of crop acres currently in some level of drought include:
• 26% of corn acres
• 36% of cotton acres
• 20% of soybean acres
• 47% of wheat acres

The good news, the 2023 Growing Season Has A Long Way To Go. There is still plenty of time for the crop to get the moisture it needs to fill ears with kernels.

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