As everyone’s focus is on South America, the U.S. plains seem to be getting drier by the day, a phenomenon that could carry on into the spring. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 55 percent of the country is drier than normal compared to only 37 percent two weeks ago. Some regions in Kansas were 18 percent dry as of mid-November compared to 99 percent today. It is too early to tell if this will have repercussions on next year’s crop, though it is definitely worth monitoring.
U.S. drought monitor, December 12, 2017