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. Even with the snow this past week more Northwest Ohio counties are being added to the abnormally dry (yellow) conditions. Counties that are entirely affected by the drought include Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Wood, Henry, Defiance, Paulding, Van Wert, Putnam, Hancock, and Allen. The counties that are partially affected include Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Auglaize, Shelby, Mercer, and Logan. The rest of the midwest is still experiencing some drought conditions. Northern Indiana is witnessing abnormally dry (yellow) to moderate drought conditions (tan). Central Illinois is witnessing abnormally dry (yellow) to severe drought (orange). Michigan and Wisconsin all have some areas that are abnormally dry. Parts of Iowa are experiencing anywhere from no drought (white) to extreme drought (red). The entire state of Minisota is under abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. Kentucky and Missouri both have little areas with any dry conditions. The western part of the country is still becoming even drier and exceptional drought (maroon) conditions are growing in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Other parts of the West are still seeing anywhere from abnormally dry (yellow) to extreme drought (red). The high plains are also experiencing anywhere from abnormally dry (yellow) to exceptional drought (maroon). While the west is still experiencing a drought the majority of the south and southeast is not being affected by drought conditions. The weather still plays an important role in getting us ready for the next growing season. Having moisture in the ground now will help crops emerge in the spring. https://luckeyfarmers.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=6491&action=edit# More information about the drought monitor: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
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