Extreme Drought Conditions Creep Into Soybean States

(Bloomberg) -- The following map and table shows the percent of the overall contiguous U.S. in various drought conditions, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. Area rated from severe (D2) to exceptional (D4) drought is at 19.4 percent for week ending July 24, up from 19.3 percent the previous week and 5.2 percent this time last year.

Extreme Drought Conditions Creep Into Soybean States

Percent of Contiguous U.S. Land Area in Drought Conditions

Drought Severity July 31 Last Wk 3 mos ago This Year Year Ago
D4 1.6% 1.6% 2.2% 0.0% 0.8%
D3-D4 8.5% 8.7% 8.9% 0.8% 2.6%
D2-D4 19.4% 19.3% 16.3% 7.5% 5.2%
D1-D4 34.1% 32.2% 28.6% 27.7% 11.8%
D0-D4 54.4% 53.5% 42.8% 55.5% 30.5%
None 45.6% 46.5% 57.2% 44.5% 69.5%
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NOTES: D0 - Abnormally dry, D1 - Moderate Drought, D2 - Severe Drought,
D3 - Extreme Drought, D4 - Exceptional Drought

SOURCES: National Drought Mitigation Center, USDA, Telvent DTN

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