With portions of the U.S. experiencing severe, extreme and exceptional drought conditions, farmers are posting photos showcasing just how much of an impact the lack of rain is having on their fields. Scroll down to see photos farmers are sharing.
One of the states most effected by drought has been Missouri, with the entire state facing dry conditions. At least 31% of Missouri’s corn crop is in poor to very poor shape. Soybeans, unfortunately aren’t much better, leaving some farmers having to make tough decisions like baling their beans.
.@USDA says 31% of Missouri’s corn crop is in poor to very poor shape. This is corn pm sandy soil in the Missouri River bottoms just south of Hardin, Mo. Fields go from stressed, but still green to this. The impacts of this year’s drought are real... and disheartening. pic.twitter.com/HE9h6K8VAz— Tyne Morgan (@Tyne_Ag) August 1, 2018
How bad is the #drought here in East Central, MO? They are round baleing soybeans in Pike County right now. 1/2 the hay crop going into winter, farmers are making tough decisions. pic.twitter.com/qGkT97f8Hr— Kyle Allen (@channelseed7) August 5, 2018
Similar dry conditions in the corn belt are leaving states like Iowa and Kansas high and dry. Lack of moisture has caused lack of pollination, causing many farmers to expect lower yields this harvest season.
In other parts of the country, heavy rainfall and severe storms have left crops oversaturated, blown down and shredded due to hail.
Miserable night to finish off and miserable year in Northeast Missouri... pic.twitter.com/siepSmrOQp— Clete Miller (@clete_miller) August 7, 2018
Unfortunately have now experienced hail at every #corn & #soybean growth stage. Eastern York & good portion of Seward County-Hard dough/early dent and R6 beans. @UNL_CropWatch @HailKnowUNL https://t.co/j7OX78OwZe pic.twitter.com/TuEDLZ3FS5— Jennifer Rees (@jenreesources) August 7, 2018
Other areas have received too much rain, causing fields to flood and less than ideal drying conditions.
Not a good stage to start drying down. pic.twitter.com/HIIME9zBDS— Luke Albrecht/LA Supply (@albrechtfarms) August 8, 2018
Wife just sent this from brother in laws, on south side of Sharon Springs. pic.twitter.com/OUFi2UYT4J— Matt Jaeger (@mjaeger6) July 27, 2018
Despite the harsh conditions Mother Nature has thrown at farmers this year, many remain hopeful that recent rainfall could help turn bleak harvest conditions around.
Well after over 2” of rain, most of which came last week, this @Indigoag corn has made a surprising turn around. Too soon to tell if it’ll actually fill an ear but it’s giving it a shot. pic.twitter.com/Egr5scFyiF— Sean Harkness (@harkness_sean) August 8, 2018
This is the reason to be planting beans at the same time as corn. Same bean planted 2.5 weeks apart on same soil across road from each other. I would say early beans make a difference. pic.twitter.com/ljiSrHO7VJ— Beard Implement AFS (@Beard_AFS) August 8, 2018