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Drought conditions worsen

09/01/2011 @ 11:02am

Drought conditions increased across the US in week ended August 30, with heat and limited moisture maintaining or worsening drought conditions across Central and Southern US.

 Despite experiencing near-, or in some cases, below-normal temperatures, drought intensity increased in many primary growing areas of the Ohio Valley and Midwest, according to a federal weekly drought monitor.

 In Texas and southern Oklahoma, drought intensified, with vast majority of Texas and Oklahoma facing an exceptional drought.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Irene brought widespread, locally excessive rain to Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US.

Overall US drought levels increased last week, leaving 45.9% of contiguous US facing moisture deficits. Drought conditions stand 14.4 points above year-ago levels.

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Last 2 weeks of yet more heat has hurt the D deal 09/01/2011 @ 3:01pm Basically even if Noah and Ark comes, we're getting short on growing time to grow much winter feed in the S / SW. Alot of folks rotate summer to winter pastures ( perhaps supp cottonseed cake on the winter ) seasonally. Most everyone used up their winter pastures too this summer. Thus the season is shot so to speak till next year, IF moisture by sometime next year ( perhaps a pretty big "if"). Hopefully this is not one of those multi year epic drouths ( 5 to 30 year drouth as some other countries on the globe have endured in the recent past ).

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