Drought spreads across Midwest

Jul 10, 2020  | 1 min  | Ep4547

During growing months, a farmer’s outlook can change with each weather forecast.

For pockets in the Corn Belt, the rain that makes grain has been hard to come by.

Peter Tubbs reports.

Portions of the Midwest continue to dry out, adding stress to growing crops.
The severe drought in Colorado and southwest Kansas has now spread to western Iowa and central Minnesota. Indiana and Ohio are joining the club.
Much of the corn and soybean belt saw little or no rain over the past week, exacerbating an already dry period. A majority of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan are rated as being short or very short of topsoil moisture. 
The region experienced temperatures 2 to 12 degrees above average with northern Minnesota bearing the brunt of the hot weather.
The nation’s soybean crop saw no change in conditions despite the heat, while corn conditions declined slightly when compared to last week. 
The quality of pasture and range land is at its lowest rating since 2012, the last summer the country experienced widespread drought.
Areas that did receive rain also dealt with high winds which damaged crops in several places including southern Minnesota.
The 14-day forecast calls for above average temperatures over the Plains, and precipitation in the Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes region. 
For Market to Market, I’m Peter Tubbs. Twitter: @petertubbs


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