The Plains states where the production of corn and soybeans is key are being hit harder by excessive drought conditions in the wake of the hottest month on record in the continental U.S., contributing to a surge in global food prices, the Associated Press says. The expanse of the U.S. still gripped by extreme or exceptional drought – the two worst classifications – rose to 24.14 percent this week, up nearly 2 percentage points from the previous week.
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Farmers make out OK despite worsening drought conditions
The U.S. Drought Monitor data released Thursday show Minnesota is getting even drier but is in better shape than the rest of the Midwest. Despite the nation's drought conditions, farmers in the state should be in the clear according to recent crop reports.
Minnesota crops ready to harvest weeks ahead of schedule
Minnesota farmers are taking advantage of the dry weather and getting an early start on the fall harvest. Combines started rolling through corn and soybean fields last week, the Pioneer Press reports. Despite the lack of rain, Minnesota escaped the disastrous drought conditions seen in much of the nation's heartland.
Heat, drought threaten Midwest corn, but Minnesota largely spared
Searing sun and drought are shriveling corn in some parts of the Midwest, the New York Times reports. But experts note that the driest, hottest conditions have mostly steered clear of some crucial Corn Belt states, including Minnesota, where the crop in most places appears healthy and strong — not to mention increasingly valuable.
Brown Christmas worsens drought conditions in Minnesota
Most of southern Minnesota and part of the arrowhead are experiencing severe drought, and all of the state is unusually dry. A lack of snowfall is only making things worse.
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Minnesota farm fields might appear OK when you are speeding by them on the road, but look closer: the drought is taking its toll. Farmer Jim Willers plucked a soybean plant out of one of his fields south of Jasper and pointed to dried buds where green bean pods should be hanging. “It’s a pretty field, but there are no beans in it," he told the Worthington Daily Globe.
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