Minnesota producers are not alone in their plight. It seems Mother Nature has used the Mississippi River for a dividing line to determine who gets rain and who doesn’t. Producers west of the river have once again been shorted in the rainfall category and producers to the east have plenty.

Although many areas in the West have received more rain than last year, it has not been enough to recharge subsoil moisture, reservoirs, or return stream flows to normal. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, 21 states have drought conditions that range from moderate to exceptional. Those states include key corn and soybean producers Iowa and Nebraska.

To view the latest drought monitor map, click here.

National Drought Mitigation Center