61 percent of US experiencing drought, farmers suffering
July 13th, 2012
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A severe drought is spreading across the Midwest this summer, resulting in some of the worst conditions in decades and leaving more than a thousand counties designated as natural disaster areas, authorities said.

Farmers in the region are suffering, with pastures for livestock and fields of crops becoming increasingly parched during June, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Many areas in the southern Midwest are reporting the poorest conditions for June since 1988.

The farmers' difficulties come amid a record-setting level of hot, dry weather across the nation.

As of Tuesday, about 61% of the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico) was experiencing drought conditions, the highest percentage in the 12-year record of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Read - Farmers suffer as soaring temperatures worsen drought in Midwest

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  1. ScruffyNSmooth

    Is CNN aware of a company in Calgary, Alberta Canada, that has designed a manure system for livestock that removes all the manure contaminants to produce CLEAN WATER to be released back into the environment?

    It is stated that within the next 3 years 34 states will have a water crisis (not concern) CRISIS !!
    Texas just suffered through its worst one year drought in history. (2011)
    With farming the number ONE user of water and livestock sitting at both number 11 and 15

    It takes about 26 gallons of water to produce one ear of corn while it takes about 2000-2500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Around 120 gallons of water is required to produce one egg. About 300 gallons of water is needed to produce one loaf of bread, and it takes about 12,000 gallons of water to grow a bushel of wheat. Believe it or not, about 1,400 gallons of water are used during the final production of one fast-food meal including a burger, fries, and a soft drink.





    July 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  2. greg*

    Bogus map. Central Texas not in a drought. Not even close.

    July 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  3. Name Shawn

    Our company has been reaching out to farmers. We have a organic product that holds the moisture retention.and grotwth retention by 15%..email us and we.can forward you the company information and it will be up to the farmers to decide if you are looking for a solution.

    July 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Name Shawn


      July 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  4. vitalik

    Hello, I am writing to you from a situation that does not give me no peace nor to citizens of Russia. It's about Krymsk and other cities that benefit from the flood. I like most, you first believed in the official data and our trusted TV channels, but the date of mp back to the Internet started to get horrible video from the scene. At first I did not believe it but after a night on the video was so much doubt that there was no meaning. I wrote virtually all the major TV channels in our country with links to the video that disproves the official data of the dead, and in the general version of the authorities about what was happening. I received no answer ... And the news does not show ... After that I was in a very shocked state wrote to the administration of our president's online letter as an argument which resulted in the same video, but also got no answer ... I beg you to help all internet soobschesvo in Russia shocked by what is happening! But not any action is taken! I'll give you the following links to videos and would like to ask you to give it wide publicity! And to help those people out there who are suffering!! that grief has touched the whole country, and the fact that the authorities do not be no explanation or understanding! PLEASE HELP! Najd ALL FOR YOU!! Sorry for my English, wrote a letter with the help of online translator!







    These are just some video if you need more material then please e-mail vitaltron@yandex.ru

    July 15, 2012 at 5:13 am |
  5. bs

    This is a very misleading story. The map is of designated drought disaster areas for federal aid, not of current drought conditions. Those area experienced a severe drought the last couple years, but many are well on their way out of the drought this year and a number are experiencing flooding.

    July 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  6. Shirely U. Jest

    Save the Farmers! That map looks as if half of the US of A is on fire. What will the city markets bear in the fall and winter? I remember from 2 years ago, a few climatologists were predicting the weather was going into a cycle that brought about the Dust Bowl. Maybe if Palin and the rest of her zealots gets on and starts praying, it won't happen again.

    The only good I can see from this is people will eat less, loose weight and become more healthy? All except the people in this country already hungry, which is another subject. Eat More Possum!

    July 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      And Beaver!

      July 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
      • anoym

        But not squirrel. They're just rats with bushy tails.
        'Possum does make good eatin', though, 'specially in stews.
        And where is the Monty Python "Rats on a stick" skit when we need it?

        July 15, 2012 at 12:34 am |
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