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Which corn growing states have the worst drought?

More than 54% of the United States is abnormally dry or worse, said the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) on Thursday. Nearly 229 million acres of crops are experiencing drought. Across the country, 646 counties have drought declarations.

Here’s a quick look at drought conditions across the top 18 corn growing states, all of which report moisture stress to some degree. Approximately 27% of corn production is within an area experiencing drought, said USDA. The department estimates 20% of soybean production is within an area experiencing drought.

We’re starting at the top in Texas, where drought conditions are the most severe.

Texas drought conditions

Much needed precipitation over the last week shrunk D4 and D3 conditions in the state of Texas significantly, with 14.07% and 4.71% drops, respectively. Now, over 5% of the state is free of drought conditions, an increase of almost 2.5% from the previous week.

NIDIS reports, so far, 2022 is the second driest year on record for the state.

Monday’s Crop Progress Report indicated that at 49%, Texas had the most very poor/poor corn in the country.

Of Texas’ 254 counties, 245 have USDA disaster designations.

  • D4 exceptional drought: 12.42%
  • D3 extreme drought: 30.71%
  • D2 severe drought: 27.99%
  • D1 moderate drought: 16.07%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 7.61%
  • None: 5.21%

Map of Texas drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Kansas drought conditions

D4 drought in the southwest corner of Kansas retreated slightly in Thursday’s report, down 0.57%. Some previously abnormally dry counties in the northeast part of the state also reported relief, dropping the D0 area nearly 4% from the week prior.

Behind Texas, with 44%, Kansas had the most very poor/poor rated corn in Monday’s USDA Crop Progress Report.

Of Kansas’ 105 counties, 71 have USDA disaster designations.

  • D4 exceptional drought: 10.18%
  • D3 extreme drought: 21.43%
  • D2 severe drought: 25.23%
  • D1 moderate drought: 15.28%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 10.38%
  • None: 17.50%

Map of Kansas drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Nebraska drought conditions

D4 conditions remained steady in Nebraska. A new pocket of D3 conditions popped up spanning Colfax and Dodge counties.

Of Nebraska’s 93 counties, 66 have USDA disaster designations.

  • D4 exceptional drought: 4.63%
  • D3 extreme drought: 13.59%
  • D2 severe drought: 30.92%
  • D1 moderate drought: 27.21%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 18.19%
  • None: 5.46%

Map of Nebraska drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Colorado drought conditions

D4 conditions in Colorado remained constant. All other categories of drought shrunk slightly from the prior report.

All 64 of Colorado’s counties have USDA disaster designations.

  • D4 exceptional drought: 0.58%
  • D3 extreme drought: 4.11%
  • D2 severe drought: 17.98%
  • D1 moderate drought: 33.97%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 30.68%
  • None: 12.67%

Map of Colorado drought condition
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

South Dakota drought conditions

D3 and D2 drought areas were unchanged in this week’s drought report. D1 conditions expanded nearly 3% on the western side of the state.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 26 have USDA disaster designations.

  • D3 extreme drought: 2.69%
  • D2 severe drought: 5.14%
  • D1 moderate drought: 31.18%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 28.95%
  • None: 32.03%

Map of South Dakota drought monitor
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Iowa drought conditions

“Iowa experienced cooler temperatures and much-needed rainfall over the final week of the State Fair,” said Iowa secretary of agriculture Mike Naig. “While showers and thunderstorms brought heavier totals across the drought region, we need several months of above-average precipitation to relieve the most intense drought conditions. The rain received last week was welcomed as stressed soybeans continue to set and fill pods.”

Very little changed on Iowa’s drought map this week. D1 conditions expanded into the rest of Lee county in the far southeastern corner of the state. Parts of Fremont, Page, Taylor, and Ringgold counties in southwestern Iowa saw relief from abnormally dry conditions and now report no moisture stress.

Of Iowa’s 99 counties, 12 have USDA disaster designations.

  • D3 extreme drought: 2.08%
  • D2 severe drought: 13.84%
  • D1 moderate drought: 22.95%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 26.85%
  • None: 34.28%

Map of Iowa drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Missouri drought conditions

Nearly 1% of D3 conditions disappeared from the map in Missouri this week. D2 conditions plunged more than 12%, and now cover less than 5% of the state in the southwest corner. The area of Missouri free from moisture stress is now over 50%.

Of Missouri’s 114 counties, 32 have USDA disaster designations

  • D3 extreme drought: 1.54%
  • D2 severe drought: 4.54%
  • D1 moderate drought: 20.16%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 23.13%
  • None: 50.62%

Map of Missouri drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Wisconsin drought conditions

None of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have USDA disaster designations.

  • D2 severe drought: 2.52%
  • D1 moderate drought: 10.09%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 14.95%
  • None: 72.44%

Map of Minnesota drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Minnesota drought conditions

None of Minnesota’s 87 counties have USDA disaster designations.

  • D2 severe drought: 2.30%
  • D1 moderate drought: 7.72%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 10.97%
  • None: 79.02%

Map of Minnesota drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Tennessee drought conditions

Of Tennessee’s 95 counties, 6 have USDA disaster designations.

  • D2 severe drought: 0.87%
  • D1 moderate drought: 6.24%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 20.10%
  • None: 72.78%

Map of Tennessee drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Illinois drought conditions

According to Monday’s USDA Crop Progress Report, at 21%, Illinois has more excellent corn than any other state.

None of Illinois' 102 counties have USDA disaster designations.

  • D2 severe drought: 0.53%
  • D1 moderate drought: 6.16%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 17.54%
  • None: 75.77%

Map of Illinois drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Kentucky drought conditions

Of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 2 have USDA disaster designations.

  • D2 severe drought: 0.21%
  • D1 moderate drought: 1.42%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 2.70%
  • None: 95.68%

Map of Kentucky drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Pennsylvania drought conditions

None of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have USDA disaster designations.

  • D1 moderate drought: 6.93%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 37.52%
  • None: 55.55%

Map of Pennsylvania drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Michigan drought conditions

None of Michigan’s 83 counties have USDA disaster designations.

  • D1 moderate drought: 6.82%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 20.13%
  • None: 73.05%

Map of Michigan drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

North Dakota drought conditions

Of North Dakota’s 53 counties, 5 have USDA disaster designations.

  • D1 moderate drought: 0.53%
  • D0 abnormally dry: 28.05%
  • None: 71.43%

Indiana drought conditions

None of Indiana’s 92 counties have USDA disaster designations.

  • D0 abnormally dry: 33.57%
  • None: 66.43%

North Carolina drought conditions

Behind Texas and Kansas, at 39% very poor/poor, North Carolina reported some of the worst corn in the country.

Of North Carolina’s 100 counties, 17 have USDA disaster designations.

  • D0 abnormally dry: 28.93%
  • None: 71.07%

Ohio drought conditions

None of Ohio’s 88 counties have USDA disaster designations.

  • D0 abnormally dry: 5.00%
  • None: 95.00%
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