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Drought threatens soy and maize crops in Western America

Continued drought in the northwest of the United States threatens to delay the previously predicted record crop of maize and soy.

Major agricultural areas in the United States (USA) have been affected by drought for two months, from the northern plains, the Rocky Mountain states and Texas to California and Oregon. This is almost half of the farmland in the United States.

In North Dakota and South Dakota, where wheat is widely grown, farmers planted millions of acres of soybeans this year. Currently there is a lot of demand for this globally. On average, these two states grow 7.5 percent of the country’s corn and 10 percent of soybeans. Failure to do so will result in poor yields nationally.

The second great harvest

Under normal weather conditions, the corn and soybean crops in the United States are expected to become the second largest this year. The planting season has just begun, so there is still room for better weather and crop recovery.

Summer months are usually the real time for corn and soybeans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will add soybeans to its weekly crop improvement report starting next Monday at USDA.

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