According to this week’s Drought Monitor Map, February is dry with little to no precipitation in the U.S.
From February 8-14th, the Cascades were the only areas that saw precipitation greater than 0.5 inches. This was in addition to the Upper Mississippi Valley and northern New England.
“Increasing 90-day precipitation losses and consistent with worsening 90-120-day Standard Precipitation Index(SPI) values supported an increase in moderate drought across eastern Iowa, northern Illinois, and southwest Wisconsin. Based on SPIs of 90 to 120 days, a southern Wisconsin increase in severe drought coverage was required. Drought Monitor officials reported that some parts of Southwest Lower Michigan were added to this week’s report to keep in line with SPIs at different times scales throughout the Great Lakes.
A moderate drought rating was assigned to central Kansas and was then degraded into severe drought. It was merged with severe drought in southwest Kansas based on 120-day soil moisture indicators and SPI.
“Since a 1-category decline was made the week before across northern Kansas and east Nebraska, these areas remained the same this week, given the time of the year when worsening circumstances are slower to be realized in terms if impacts,” Drought Monitor officials stated. For
Recent dryness in Nebraska and South Dakota combined with low snow cover and above-normal temperatures has resulted a rise in abnormal dryness and moderate drought.
Drought Monitor officials stated that South Dakota’s drought impacts include high fire danger, which is uncommon during winter, low stock levels, and adverse conditions for recreational snowmobiling.
The conditions in northern and eastern North Dakota are improving.
Arkansas, Mississippi, parts of Louisiana, and other states are experiencing worsening drought conditions. This is based upon 90-day SPI and soil moisture indicators.
Drought Monitor officials stated, “Precipitation deficits exceeding 8 inches have been observed in the Lower Mississippi Valley over the past 90-days.”
Separately, Michael Anderson, U.S. According to Wheat Associates market analyst Michael Anderson, the market is taking into account the drought concerns in the U.S. as well as around the globe.
“Global wheat production problems fueled by drought have definitely driven this market in past.” And this month, USDA summarized its report this way: “the global wheat outlook for 2021/22 is for lower supplies, higher consumption, increased trade, and reduced ending stocks,” Anderson stated in a USW release.
The current wheat market is focusing on major wheat exporting nations that are suffering from drought conditions. Anderson says that many top wheat exporters have reduced their supply estimates as a result.
This week’s low pressure system is moving through the Northeast and Ohio Valley, bringing snowfall.
From the Midwest to the central Great Plains, snowfall amounts are as high as 6.00 inches.
Drought Monitor officials stated, “In the warm section of this storm system thunderstorms with locally severe rainfall (more that 1 inch) are forecasted from the Ohio River South to the Lower Mississippi Valley.”
Source: Successful Farming