Drought still stressing US crops despite showers

July 25, 2012 15:52


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CHICAGO - Rainfall this week and more rain for the next 10 days will boost crop prospects in the northern and eastern US Midwest, but crops in the rest of the growing region will still struggle against extreme heat and drought, an agricultural meteorologist forecast Wednesday.

"There is improvement in the north and east, and we expect more showers today and tomorrow in the west central to northwest," said Don Keeney, meteorologist for MDA EarthSat Weather.

Showers were likely over the weekend in the northwestern Midwest, with accumulations of 0.50 to 0.75 inch and up to 0.25 inch elsewhere.

"Next week there will be above-average rain in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky and also rain in east central Illinois," he said.

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