U.S. Drought Monitor – Update

One major factor that is driving our grain markets is weather conditions. Too much rain, like the 2019 growing season can hamper plant growth. Conversely, drought conditions can be just as catastrophic.
Weather is one of the main drivers in our grain market. For many parts of Ohio 2020 was a significantly better year compared to 2019. Our growing conditions were good for our state, but much of the corn belt and western part of the country saw drought conditions.

Last week Ohio was drier than it has been for the past few weeks, but with the excess rain from weeks prior dryness was not a concern. There are small areas in central Ohio that are abnormally dry, but the majority of the state and our local footprint are not experiencing any drought conditions.

The majority of the Midwest has been dry these past two weeks, but according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of July 25 topsoil was rated 15% or less very short to short in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Michigan and Wisconsin received heavy rain in recent days. However, the drought in the northern part of the Midwest is continuing to worsen. Hot conditions and a lack of rainfall. Topsoil inMinnesota was rated 81% very short to short, Iowa is 53% very short to short and Nebraska is 46% very short to short.

The western half of the High Plains continued to see above average temperatures, while the eastern half experienced below-normal temperatures due to increased cloud cover and heavy rainfall in some areas. The high temperatures in the western half of the region has only increased the drought conditions.

Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi remain free of dryness and drought. Only small patches of abnormally dry (yellow) and moderate drought conditions (orange) in Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee. Crops in the South are faring well with plentiful rain and mild temperatures.

Conditions in the west are continuing to worsen as moderate to exceptional drought conditions expand in parts of California and the Northwest, as agriculture, wildfire, and water-supply impacts continue to mount.

The weather still plays an important role in getting us ready for next growing season. Having moisture in the ground now will help crops emerge in the spring.

Source: US Drought Monitor To view the full report visit: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?Midwest
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