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 Stock pond levels decrease, planting is delayed (particularly for winter wheat), irrigation/watering demands increase
D1 Wheat and grasses are drought stressed; hay demand increases
Fire danger increases
Pond levels are low; habitat is poor in migratory flyways
D2 Wheat, corn, soybean, and hay yields are low; crops are severely damaged
Burn bans are implemented; firework sales are banned; more grass fires occur
Blue-green algae impacts water supply; ponds and streams are dry
D3 Cattle sales are high; emergency grazing is opened; corn and wheat crops fail; pasture conditions are poor
Major infestation of locusts occurs; quail and pheasant populations are reduced; trees are stressed
Emergency water supplies are needed; river levels are low; municipal water restrictions are implemented
D4 All crops are severely impacted/not harvested; ground is cracking
Wildfires and large dust storms occur
All aquatic species and food chains are affected; fish kills occur
Negative impact on economy is noted
Irrigation is turned off; river has dried up

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