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Iowa, the biggest U.S. corn-producing state, is facing its most widespread drought since September 2013, according to its state agriculture secretary, Mike Naig. The drought is compounding problems for farmers after the once-in-a-lifetime derecho windstorm. The drought threatens to lower crop yields and grain quality even more for farmers who are also struggling with ripple effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Crown of Maine has been reduced to moderate drought status while other parts of Aroostook County and the state go into their ninth week of severe drought. While the Maine Drought Task Force is monitoring the worsening situation throughout most of Maine, recent rains allowed the Crown of Maine — mainly the St. John Valley and part of Washington County — to drop from a severe to a moderate drought status.
This year the drought gave up the hopes of the country's farmers to break the records of previous years in grain harvesting as a bad job. The weather factor has hit all crops without exception - from wheat to corn and sunflower. The harvest of the latter is expected to be 1 million tons less than last year.
Near the beginning of a new harvest, avocado producers in Chile are facing a challenging factor: the drought and the water deficit that occurs in various regions of the country. “In some parts there are no avocados or less plantations. Without going any further, avocado plantations reduced their production by 30%, from 245,000 tons in the 2016-2017 harvest to 168,000 in the 2019-2020 harvest".
Farmers in southwest Saskatchewan continue to lead all regions with the most harvest progress. Producers in that area reported 50 per cent of the crop combined while the southeast region is at 39 per cent. John Ray farms roughly 1,000 acres in the Creelman district southeast of Regina. He has just started swathing but said most farmers in his area have been moving through the crop quite quickly.
Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, reported the weather data on Friday 28 August. The drought threatens to lower crop yields and grain quality even more for farmers who are also struggling with economic aftershocks from the COVID-19 pandemic. The scope of the losses will be determined by whether the state remains painfully dry, according to crop experts.
According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, the western half of the United States is experiencing various levels of drought. Nebraska is not excluded from this as we are currently facing abnormally dry or moderate drought stress across the region. For many producers in this part of the state, irrigation is a necessity to help mitigate any potential drought concerns.
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