Kansas and Missouri in particular are sinking deeper in drought as storm systems largely bypassed the area.

The latest Drought Monitor report, released on Nov. 12, showed 72 percent of Kansas and 91 percent of Missouri are currently in the early stages of drought including abnormally dry (D0) and moderate drought (D1).

Drought in these stages are also seen in other key agricultural states, including Nebraska (20 percent), South Dakota (24 percent), North Dakota (37 percent), Minnesota (23 percent), Wisconsin (14 percent), Illinois (56 percent), Indiana (54 percent), Michigan (59 percent), Oklahoma (52 percent), and Texas (10 percent).  

With the exception of southern Missouri, rainfall over the last week across most of the two states is  significantly below normal:

Richard Tinker with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explained just much rain the two states, as well as the rest of the Great Plains, need at this point in the season.

“Precipitation deficits of at least 4 inches have accumulated in most of the same region since early August, with totals in much of central Missouri 6 to 8 inches below normal during this period,” he explained in a drought update.

While drought continues to grow slowly, these conditions still pale in comparison to the drought that has dominated the West since 2013. As of Nov. 10, 71 percent of California is currently in extreme or exceptional drought – the highest drought levels currently reported. Click here for the full Drought Monitor report.

The Ag in Drought report adds the drought across the entire country now impacts:

  • 11 percent of corn
  • 13 percent of soybeans
  • 17 percent of hay
  • 17 percent of cattle
  • 23 percent of winter wheat