Farmers across the upper Midwest will be closely monitoring drought potential again this spring. While rainfall totals over the coming months could still change conditions dramatically, Brad Rippe with the U-S-D-A says much of the western half of the U-S is experiencing conditions that could impact row crops down the line.

“We have roughly about one-fifth of the US corn and soybean production areas currently experiencing drought. In terms of spring wheat, that could be a bigger concern, 78 percent of the spring wheat production area is currently experiencing drought.”

Rippe says the last significant drought for the northern plains came in 2017.