Learn More about how recent extreme weather patterns in the US have affected farmers, and find out which organizations and programs have been established to help mitigate the consuequences for farms, families, and the US economy.
According to the USDA, about 80 percent of agricultural land experienced drought in 2012, conditions not seen since the 1950s. Two thousand US counties were designated as disaster areas, and 67 percent of cattle and 70-75 percent of corn and soybean production was affected. The summer months were the driest, putting 28 percent of the affected farms in exceptional (worse than severe) drought conditions. The tide turned this spring for some Midwestern areas, when torrential rains made it difficult to farmers to plant their crops.
On the second of an annual, four-day tour of crops through seven Midwestern states, ProFarmer Editor Chip Flory expressed his concerns about the drought's effects on this year's corn crop, "After two days on the western leg of the Tour, I now see a risk of a significant cut to the 2012-13 corn