Apr 18, 2014
Home| Tools| Events| Blogs| Discussions| Sign UpLogin

CornCollegeBanner home

2012 Drought Officially Reaches Dust Bowl-Era Intensity

July 19, 2012
By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor

NCDC marks June 2012 as the 6th worst month on record.

 

It’s time to stop comparing this year’s drought to the dire conditions of 1988. The 2012 drought has officially entered Dust Bowl-era intensity. The percentage of U.S. currently in drought now rivals conditions not seen since the mid-1950s and early 1930s.
 
A recent report by the Weather Channel indicates that more than 54% of the nation was in drought this June, which makes it the 6th worst month since the National Climatic Data Center began tracking such data in 1895.
 

Highest Percentage of U.S. In Drought

·        
July 1934 79.9%
December 1939 62.1%
July 1954 60.4%
December 1956 57.6%
September 1931 54.9%
June 2012
54.6%
August 1936 54.4%
May 1925 54.0%
June 1977 52.5%
June 1988 52.3%
   
July 
 
Here are some additional items of interest, collected from various media outlets:
 
·         A map on USA Today compares the drought intensity between 2012 and 1934.
 
·         CNN recently interviewed Indiana farmer Brian Scott about how the drought has affected his Indiana farm.
 
Illinois farmer David Albin shares some of his recent observations on the drought and what still needs to be done this crop season, at this week's Farm Journal Corn College.
 
 

 
AgWeb has offered a comprehensive look at the drought over the past month. See full coverage. For a cross-section of additional industry opinions and analyses, click here.
 

....................................

Thank you to the 2012 Corn College sponsors:

Ag Leader, AgriGold, Agrotain, BASF, Chevrolet, ESN/Agrium, Great Plains, NCGA, Novazymes, Precision Planting, SFP, Schaffert, Top Third Marketing, WolfTrax

It's not too late to attend Corn College! Sign up for one of our Michigan events.

 

Catch up on full coverage of Corn College at FarmJournalCornCollege.com.

 


 

See Comments

RELATED TOPICS: Corn College

 
Log In or Sign Up to comment

COMMENTS (3 Comments)

MARK 1 - Dayton, WA
The dust bowl started in 1925 went to 1939, The great depression started in 1929 went to 1941 ended when we got into WW II, History could repeat it's self if we are not carefull !
6:51 PM Jul 22nd
 
Milton - Alexandria, SD
I was a young man in the dirty 30's and remember the dust storms which we have not had here yet. I also remember the food shortage and how we aways were looking for food and the hunger that was always there Grasshopeprs ate up our gardens which we needed for food. The wells went dry so we could not water them or our livestock.. If we are in fact going to be going through those times again I feel sorry for those of us who are not prepared for such an event again. God bless
6:19 PM Jul 19th
 
Milton - Alexandria, SD
I was a young man in the dirty 30's and remember the dust storms which we have not had here yet. I also remember the food shortage and how we aways were looking for food and the hunger that was always there Grasshopeprs ate up our gardens which we needed for food. The wells went dry so we could not water them or our livestock.. If we are in fact going to be going through those times again I feel sorry for those of us who are not prepared for such an event again. God bless
6:19 PM Jul 19th
 



Name:

Comments:

 
 
The Home Page of Agriculture
© 2014 Farm Journal, Inc. All Rights Reserved|Web site design and development by AmericanEagle.com|Site Map|Privacy Policy|Terms & Conditions