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Midwest Floods

Drought and Floods Affect US Farmers: Crop Insurance, Improved Farming Methods, and Assistance are the Response

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.