Following is the latest Palmer Drought Index:
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Meghan says: The map is illustrative of why USDA lowered its crop condition ratings so significantly for the corn and soybean crops yesterday. Nearly all of the Corn Belt is experiencing some drought conditions, with many areas seeing severe to moderate drought. Soaking rains are needed... ASAP!
Heat & Dryness Taking a Toll on Crops Across the Corn Belt
USDA: Cooler Temps & Precip Expected for Northern Plains, Upper Midwest