Severe Drought Grips the Southwest

Jun 8, 2018  | 1 min  | Ep4342

As of Tuesday, 95 percent of the corn and 75 percent of the soybeans have been planted.

Producers have been facing weather extremes -- either caught in the grips of a drought or under water.


With record setting temps in both directions, heavy Midwestern storms, and extreme drought across the nation, Mother Nature is keeping farmers and ranchers on edge.

According to the National Weather Service, this past April was the coldest in two decades and May was the hottest on record, making for an uncomfortable start to spring.

Midwestern states have witnessed high heat and a steady stream of storms, bringing enough rain to slow planting in few parts of the Corn Belt. 

Rain became a welcome sight for producers in Kansas, where varying degrees of drought have diminished hopes for a stellar wheat harvest. Corn growers in the Sunflower State have turned to pivot irrigation and field flooding to make up for a lack of sub soil moisture that failed to arrive in the winter of 2017.

Severe drought now flows from southwestern Kansas through the Oklahoma pan handle, across New Mexico, and into Arizona. Water use in the southwestern corner of the Land of Enchantment has been restricted due to low levels in area reservoirs.

For Market to Market, I’m John Torpy.

Grinnell Mutual Insurance