Map released: Thurs. October 1, 2020
Data valid: September 29, 2020 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • None
  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
  • No Data


The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

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Potential Impacts

The state table below highlights common impacts reported in the state. For more impact details, please visit the Drought Impact Reporter.

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D0 Corn shows drought stress; soil is dry
D1 Soybeans abort pods; corn test weights are struggling
Grasses are brown; more grass fires occur; burn bans are issued
Pond levels decline
D2 Dryland corn has extremely low yields; commodity shortages are noted; livestock is stressed
Fire danger is high
Fewer mosquitoes are observed
Surface water levels are low; algae blooms increase; voluntary water conservation is requested
D3 Pastures are dry; producers sell cattle; crops are tested for toxins; crops have pest infestation
Seasonal allergies are worse; farmers are stressed about high feed prices
Trees drop leaves; acorns are underdeveloped
Warm water leads to fish kills; streambeds are low to dry
D4 Row crop yields and forage production have significant impacts
Extreme measures are taken to conserve water
Aquatic invertebrates in waterways increase

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