Sixty five percent of crops in Illinois are considered in "poor" or "very poor" condition due to drought, according to the latest USDA crop condition report.
Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri are leading the country for poor crop conditions with 71 percent of Indiana's crops and 84 percent of Missouri's crops being considered poor or very poor. Nationwide, only 23 percent of crops are considered good to excellent and 51 percent are poor to very poor.
Crops across the country are suffering due to extremely hot and dry conditions that have been plaguing the United States all summer. Cattle and livestock are also being affected, with 59 percent of the country's pasture and rangeland devastated.
Even with the onslaught of fall and slight rain in our region, the drought is intensifying across the country. The U.S. Drought Monitor is releasing weekly and monthly drought updates and data on agriculture and wildfires. Information on drought and moisture conditions throughout the country, including precipitation rankings by state, can be found here.
More resources on the drought and how it's affecting the nation can be found through the following sites:
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