midwest drought News

Some Parts of Midwest Expecting Rain This Week

Rain will fall early this week in the northern U.S. Midwest, with from 1 to 2 inches expected across a broad parched swath of corn and soybean land roughly north of Interstate 80, an agricultural meteorologist predicted Monday. “It’s good …

Record Number of Farmers Expected to File Crop Insurance Claims

The drought ravaging America’s prime farmland is having an unexpected consequence that could shape the future of agricultural finance: in some cases, farmers who have amped up their insurance coverage may be giving up on their crops early rather than …

No Relief in Sight for Drought-Damaged Crops

Midday weather updates on Wednesday indicate more hot, dry weather for the U.S. Midwest, where corn and soybean crops are rapidly deteriorating amid the harshest drought in more than half a century. “It’s a little wetter for next week in …

Worst Midwest Drought Since 1956 Expanding North, West

An expanding U.S. drought, now deemed the worst since 1956, dealt another blow to the corn crop, with conditions deteriorating for a second straight week in the world’s top exporter of the grain, U.S. government data showed on Monday. There …

Midwest Heat Wave Eases But Drought Threatens Corn Crop

The withering U.S. corn crop is gaining some respite from a record heat wave this week but new weather forecasts offered scant signs of the rainfall it urgently needs to avoid the worst drought damage in nearly a quarter century. …

Drought Brings Back Memories of 1988 Crop Losses

Just one year ago Jeff Scates saw the worst flooding on his southern Illinois farmland since 1937. Today, Scates is watching his corn fields shrivel from the driest season in 24 years. “We’ve gone from one extreme to the other, …