Notable Northern Corn Belt Drought

Outside of the central U.S., 70% of North Carolina’s corn acreage is listed in drought and 14% of the Texas corn acreage is classified as having drought in effect — which includes 10% in either Extreme (D3) or Exceptional (D4) drought. In the northwestern U.S., all the corn acreage identified in production reports is in drought.

The fact that Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions are not included in this report is significant, because there were several areas in the northern Corn Belt which were placed in the D0 status as of May 25. That means the drought acreage number could potentially increase in the next report.

Another noteworthy detail is the almost-entire exclusion of the Plains states of Nebraska and Kansas from the ranks of corn acreage in drought. This is a testimony to the recent rain that has fallen. Kansas has just 5% of its corn acreage listed in drought. Nebraska only has 1% of its corn acreage in drought.

Forecasts through the first few days of June have only light rainfall for the northern Corn Belt states. The total amounts indicated run mostly from 1/10 to 1/2 inch. Daily evapotranspiration amounts are around one-quarter inch for these northern states; thus, the forecast suggestion is for continued drying and little to no significant crop benefit.

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