Producers face dry planting season

A drought that flared up in the western United States in spring 2020 has expanded and intensified across the summer, fall and now winter. In August, a third of the United States was experiencing at least a moderate level of drought. By December, roughly half of that area was, with about 33 percent facing what the U.S. National Drought Monitor classifies as “extreme” or “exceptional drought.” …

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