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April Drought & Impacts Summary: Drought improved in South, intensified in North, held on in West, affecting water, ag, wildlife & more

May 8, 2015

April brought improvement to drought in Texas and Oklahoma, but conditions deteriorated in the northern tier, with drought intensifying to severe in Minnesota and South Dakota. Looking ahead to a fourth dry year, California begin implementing tougher conservation rules. Lake Mead fell to a historic low, and water rights holders in many Western states were facing reduced allotments.

April 2015 Drought and Impacts Summary
 



The Spring 2015 edition of DroughtScape is out

May 6, 2015
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U.S. Crops in Drought through April 28, 2015: Drought cuts into California planting intentions, but dryness helps Midwest planting progress quickly

Apr 30, 2015
On April 28, drought covered 26 percent of the U.S. corn production area and 22 percent of the soybean area. Those numbers are up sharply from early March 2015, when just 6 percent of the corn and 5 percent of the soybeans were in drought. Despite the upper Midwestern drought development, producers are still optimistic for a favorable growing season if spring rains develop—especially since the dry conditions have led to rapid planting progress. According to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, issued on March 31, California’s planting intentions for cotton, corn, oats, barley, wheat, rice, and sunflowers will total 1.72 million acres in 2015, down from 1.90 million acres in 2014 and 2.44 million acres in 2013.
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National Drought Mitigation Center
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

819 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
P.O. Box 830988
Lincoln, NE 68583–0988

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phone: (402) 472–6707
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