Minnesota farmers continue to dodge the worst of the drought that's affecting most of the country. In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that the state experienced scattered showers and cooler temperatures this past week.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has rolled out a new web site providing information and resources to help farmers cope with the drought conditions that are deepening across southern and western Minnesota.
A new report shows the drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956. The monthly State of the Climate drought report released Monday by the National Climactic Data Center says 55 percent of the continental U.S. is in a moderate to extreme drought.
Sweltering temps and a lack of rain are leaving many states' corn crops withering away. Farms in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri are part of nine states where up to half of the corn fields are rated as poor or very poor.
Because of a drought that's affecting nearly all of Minnesota, state officials are telling farmers it's time to consider crop insurance. The standard deadline is less than one month away. Farmers must finalize a plan with their insurance agent by March 15.