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Farmers and ranchers across the U.S. have been experiencing volatile weather events as summer rapidly approaches. And while the more spectacular ones receive lots of attention, drought’s silent creep often has farther reaching results.

Paul Yeager has the details. 

High winds exacerbated extreme temperatures in the Corn Belt this week. A quick turn to the 90’s stressed the growing crop in fields across the region. Farmers planting in wet conditions allowed for shallow root development and laid the groundwork for this exact scenario.

Early signs of stress were visible as the seemingly never-ending tap of spring rain abruptly shut off as the calendar rolled into June. Little or no rain has fallen from central Nebraska to Ohio in the past 14 days.

The latest Drought Monitor from the University of Nebraska reveals dry conditions intensifying in parts of Montana, the Dakotas, and Minnesota. Other parched portions are beginning to expand in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.  

The regions of the country in need of moisture increased this week to 4 percent. However, much of the major corn production area remains drought free.   

(Rain Some of these exact locations did receive limited rain this week. Storms rolled through much of the upper Midwest in different waves and amounts.

This batch slammed northern Wisconsin. A tornado ripped through the township of Lessor damaging mostly farmsteads. Barns, bins and sheds took the brunt of the storm. Thousands were without power, but no major injuries were reported.

For Market to Market, I’m Paul Yeager.