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 Grain and pasture growth is stunted
D1 Topsoil is dry; grain crop yields decline
Pasture and water supplies decline; cattle industry is under stress
D2 Planting begins early; irrigation use increases
Hay is short; cattle sales are early
Fire season is extended; fire season is early; grass fires are common
Water quality for agriculture operations is low; stock ponds are low
D3 Row crop loss is significant
Producers haul water for cattle and provide supplemental feeding; cattle sales increase
Burn bans begin
Deer and pheasant populations are low
River flow in major rivers is low; small surface water bodies are dry
D4 Row crop loss is significant; producers are selling livestock herds, market prices fall
Epizootic hemorrhagic disease spreads; wildlife populations decline; recreational fishing and hunting are affected
Extremely low flow and river debris impair navigation of major rivers; commercial barge traffic slows; water use restrictions are implemented

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